“Psst… Did you hear….?”

Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another: Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.

Proverbs 25:9-10

The Bible has much to say about “big” sins.  We know that we shouldn’t kill people.  We know that we shouldn’t steal things.  We know that we shouldn’t lie.  And, assuming we are not doing those things, we find it easy to preach about them to others.  We can find the verses that tell us not to do those things.  We nod in agreement when the preacher mentions one of the “big ones.”  But the Bible also has much to say about “little sins.”  Sins like pride (which, if we are breaking them into “big” and “little,” should be a big one), deceitfullness, gluttony, wasting time, etc.  One of the “little ones” that is mentioned in the Bible is the old sin of gossip.

This is one of those places.  In this verse, we are told that, if we have a problem with someone, we are supposed to go to that person.  This problem solving strategy is repeated in the New Testament.  It seems simple: if you have a problem with someone, go to them and discuss it.  But it is often easier (and, more often than not, more enjoyable) to discuss it with everyone but that person.

Starting to gossip about someone is very easy.  It is easy because the person to whom you are gossiping is probably agreeing with you.  They are only hearing one side of the story (yours) and, of course, you are making your side seem reasonable.  It becomes easy to paint a picture of the other person that may not be accurate.  When we gossip, we are, in essence, tearing others down in an effort to build ourselves up.  So, our “small sin” of gossip is actually feeding our much larger is of pride.  If we can make someone else look smaller, we look bigger.  And that is never the goal.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben

    I’m glad that His measuring rod measures all sins as sins!

    Nice lesson to ponder today.



  2. This is a good reminder. Personally, I think it’s the “small” sins that get us into A LOT more trouble than the big sins. Maybe it’s because we’re not as quick to recognize them, or because they are easier to ignore. However, they displease God just as much as the “big” sins, and often they grow into bigger sins! That reminds me of this verse.

    James 3:5
    Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!


    • So true I think that the “big sins” are a little easier to avoid, but when a person avoids the “big ones” and starts to look down at everybody else, they find themselves guilty of what might be the biggest one of all- pride. That is a great verse. Fire is fire. Little fires are still fires and little fires tend to turn very quickly into big fires!


  3. Once again I see where pride is at the bottom of so much. Thank you, Ben, for this one, because I can tend to go to everyone else with a problem, instead of that person . . .and never really thought about it as gossip. 😦 But it is what it is and it makes someone else look bad . . .and I know that isn’t what God wants.
    God bless you for bringing us this devotion and word from Him today! I appreciate you and the time it takes for you to do this blog for us!


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