Gossip Betrays Trust

Proverbs 11:13 NIV, “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.”

God knows all there is to know about us, but He doesn’t go around revealing everything to everyone. We can trust Him. Loyal, trustworthy people are a reflection of God’s love. People who can be trusted to keep information confidential, without giving in to the temptation to gossip and spread rumors are people of integrity.

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People of integrity understand that time spent gossiping about others is time that can be spent praying for them instead. They use wisdom when it comes to speaking about others because they know what and what not to say. They also know who and who not to say it to.

Being a trustworthy, gossip-free person is a true sign of maturity in Christ. He will strengthen us to stay away from pointless, destructive conversations about others. Love seeks to build people up and not tear them down.

James 1:26 NLT, “If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.”

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49 thoughts on “Gossip Betrays Trust

  1. Agree with each and every word.
    In a work setting I have learnt that I end up being left out as I do not want to participate in any gossip. When I was younger I struggled with wanting to be part of the group at work and at the same time knowing that as a Christian I should not be gossiping or even be a silent listener of it.

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    1. Yes I understand. I am also left out of certain conversations too. People can tell when you’re different. So even though it’s at times uncomfortable to be an outcast, at least we know we’re making a difference.

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  2. Dawn, it is so good to be back and read your refreshing words of truth. Integrity and wisdom are probably my favorite character traits, with faithfulness close in; and all godly characteristics founded in love. I am refreshed by what you chose to write about. Blessings always ♥

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    1. Awww thanks so much Jacquie! It’s great having you back. I missed your posts and comments. I always say I want to be remembered as being a woman of integrity, and I’ve learned to make prayer for wisdom a regular thing because it’s much needed especially nowadays. God bless you! 💕

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  3. I totally agree with you big sister❤️❤️ Thanks for reminding us always as believers that we should learn to tame our tongues, and also be trustworthy❤️❤️. I had to leave a group of people because of gossip.

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  4. People who are trust worthy and loyal, people who won’t reveal things you told them in confidence are extremely rarer to find and even when you are with them is very difficult to identify them but you can always relay on God…have a nice day!

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  5. I totally agree with you. Gossiping is prevalent when you live in a small isalnd such as the one I live in. Everybody knows your buisness. If you do not gossip, you do not have any friends. Gossiping is also prevalent in the church. Sad sitiation.

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    1. It’s interesting how you mentioned that if you don’t gossip you don’t have any friends. That’s so true because I have noticed how it is used as a way to fit in with others and be “friends”. But really those aren’t real friendships anyway. Yes so sad it’s in the church too. 😢

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      1. Those really aren’t real friendship. Since I have been to this island over 19 years I don’t have any friends because I don’t know the latest gossip. But when I need a true friend God always send that person to my rescue.

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      2. I’m thankful God always sends you a true friend when you need one most. I’ve gone through a season without friends since being in Florida. But it has helped me get so much closer to the Lord. Thanks sis for sharing. It’s encouraging to know we as Christians encounter many of the same challenges, but we can also testify to His faithfulness to carry us through.

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  6. If if I don’t gossip and have a friend who is a gossip and likes to talk about others in a bad way, instead of keeping quiet and smiling, I should find a way to say something nice about those people so that she will realise that what she’s saying doesn’t go down well. I do this often. Instead of saying hey stop gossiping, I talk good about those people. Thank you Dawn for this post😊❤

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    1. That’s a great advice Florence. Speaking good about the person will hopefully make the person gossiping stop and think about their actions. Thanks for sharing this! ❤️ You’re welcome.

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