Zero Tolerance For Gossip

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You shall not go
about as a talebearer among your people. Leviticus 19:16

When Shayla Mcknight applied for a job for an online
printing company, she was surprised to learn that they had a zero-tolerance
policy for gossip. The employees are encouraged to confront one another,
instead of gossip about their fellow employees. If employees are caught gossiping,
they are reprimanded, and if they continue, they are fired.

Long before this kind of policy was ever implemented by a
company, God spoke of His own zero-tolerance policy for gossip and slander
among His people (Lev.19:16). Idle talk that foolishly or maliciously spreads
rumours or fact about another person was forbidden.

Solomon said that speaking badly of others could have
disastrous effects. It betrays confidence (Prov.11:13), separate close friends
(16:28; 17:9), shames and saddles you with a bad reputation (25:9-10), and
perpetually fuels the embers of a quarrel (26:20-22). People rarely can undo
the damage their untrue words have done to a neighbour.

Let’s ask the Lord to help us not to engage in harmful talk
about others. He wants us to set a guard over our mouths so that we’ll instead
speak all the good we know about everybody. – Marvin Williams

Many things that others say

Are not for us to tell;

Help us, Lord, to watch our tongue –

We need to guard it well.  – Branon

Destroy gossip by
ignoring it!

May God Almighty prosper Nigeria and
Israel and defend them from all their enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!