Gossip affects us in deep ways of which we are not even aware. For more on gossip, I recommend Matt Mitchell’s, Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue.
There for a while I was on a kick lately of eating chocolate toffee almond nuggets: creamy and sweet.
Unfortunately, when I ate those choice chocolates, I hadn’t seen the last of them. After they have tasted great, they show up just above my belt. As good as they are, they are not worth the calories. When I eat a chocolate, I give it a free pass to head for my stomach and out into my body.
That says, Proverbs is how gossip works.
“The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts (Proverbs 18:8).”
So, important is this Proverb, that it is repeated verbatim later in Proverbs 26:22.
Bits of gossip are like chocolate nuggets: smooth and creamy, they melt in your mouth: it tastes good to be in the loop; it is sweet to hear someone else notice the same weaknesses in another that have frustrated you; it feels spiritual to ask for prayer – – gossip and grumbling and complaining are a tempting treat.
But, remember this. As sweet as those gossip nuggets may taste, snacking on them is not the end. Words of gossip accumulate on our spiritual waistlines. They shape the inmost part of our being. Gossip muddies our windshields so that everything looks dirty.
The next time you are tempted to take the tinfoil off a piece of gossip and pop it in your mouth. Think again. Words of gossip go down to our innermost being.