Gossip – introduction and bible study guide

Introduction:
Gossip and those that practice the habit of gossip are like the traveling salesman selling “snake oil” to the unsuspecting consumer. The sales pitch is appealing, the smell aromatic and the bottle glimmers but the contents are deceptively deadly to the one who acquired it.

The gossiper goes from town to town, from church to church and from individual to individual “selling” their seductive wares – smugly watching another “buyer” destroyed by his profit motive! Such is the one who gossips.God hates it and has much to say about gossip.

He despises gossip wrapped up and presented “as genuine concern” for another, as prayer request or worse – the work of the devil.

 
Scripture References:
Psa 15; Pro 10:18; Pro 11:13; Pro 20:19; 1Cr 1:10; Phl 4; Pro 10:12; Pro 26:20-28; Pro 17:9; Pro 21:28; Pro 15:3; Pro 18:8; Pro 11:9; Pro 25:8-10; Pro 16:28; Pro 17:9; Pro 25:23; Psa 101:5; Pro 19:5, 9; Pro 26:27; Pro 30:10; Pro 10:12-13; Pro 12:23; Pro 17:9; 1Cr 13:7; Pro 19:11; Pro 15:7-14; Pro 18:15; Pro 12:18; Pro 18:17; Pro 10:32; Pro 15:28; Lev 19:15-18
 
Subject Outline:
The Problem of GossipIntroduction1. The characteristics of one who gossips
– spreads slander
– reveals secrets
– stirs up and sows strife
– repeats a matter
– does evil to their friends
– loves to hear other’s gossip2. The consequences of gossip
– destroys a reputation
– separates friends from each other
– causes anger
– causes God to punish

3. The control of gossip
– desires to protect
– desires to forgive
– desires to know the truth
– desires to heal
– desires to know all sides accurately
– desires to be careful
– desires to love other

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