Gossip. It’s just a grown-up word for tattle-telling.
“Mom… I have something to tell you…”.
“Mom… Jessica said…”.
“Mom… Tracie just…”.
Insert your own kids names there, but you know you cringe inside when you hear conversations about to start like that… because what follows is what the other person did and why they need to be in trouble and get punished for it.
As a parent, I hate tattling. It’s annoying to me. It usually means that I now have to deal with some problem that I neither saw or heard take place…. but I am expected to make a judgement call as to who was right, who was wrong, who did or didn’t something, make sure the “guilty” party is handled properly… and I have to do all that using the evidence the guiltless “good” child has laid out before me.
We don’t like tattle-telling.
But we can’t wait to get in on the really good “tea” as my daughter likes to call it…
Gossip it’s just a grown-up word for tattle-telling.
If we want to be grown-ups, and spiritually minded individuals, Galatians 6 tells us that it is not our place to make the judgement call about what was said, what was done, who did it, and who didn’t do it, and it’s not our place to make sure it’s all passed along either… but it is our place to restore.
Gently. Restore. Keeping in mind that it might be us the next time who has a mishap or makes a mistake. If you don’t want to be the source of tea at the next party…don’t be drinking it this time.
“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.” ~ Galatians 6:1