My Big Fat Mouth – Gossiping

Pastor Jason Burns

August 30, 2020

Proverbs 18:8 NLT  //  Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.

  • Everything that is said must be true.
  • Not everything that is true must be said.
  • Who does gossip hurt?

1. Gossip hurts the person it's spoken about.

Proverbs 16:28 NLT  //  A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.

2. Gossip hurts the listener.

Proverbs 17:4 NLT  //  Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip; liars pay close attention to slander.

3. Gossip hurts the speaker.

Proverbs 25:9-10 NLT  //  When arguing with your neighbor, don’t betray another person’s secret. Others may accuse you of gossip, and you will never regain your good reputation.

  • How do we control gossip?

1. Guard your ears.

  • Why are you telling me this?
  • Have you had a chance to talk to them about this?

Matthew 18:15 NLT  //  If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back.

Proverbs 20:19 NLT  //  A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers.

2. Close your mouth.

Proverbs 21:23 NLT  //  Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.