Have you ever felt persecuted? How many times has someone been the judge and jury of your character?
Matthew 5:43-44 Love Your Enemies
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”.
Often when people criticize us we turn to obsessive, compulsive and addictive behavior. Besides masturbation or pornography, have you ever binged on food? In particular, candy (sugar) and fast food restaurants? What about too much coffee or smoking cigarettes? These are all part of the human nature to want to cope with the feelings.
Gossip is a very dangerous, destructive habit, I believe. I will never forget when Eddie S. accused me of gossiping around 10 years ago. I was hanging out in the kitchen of my AA home group and he got very upset. That was his style. He would say things that were not always popular. One of his famous sayings was, “the alcoholic cannot handle the truth”.
According to Webster’s dictionary, it means idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others: the endless gossip about Hollywood stars; a person given to tattling or idle talk; to talk idly, especially about the affairs of others; go about tattling. small talk, hearsay, palaver, chitchat. newsmongering about the affairs of others. Scandal is rumor or general talk that is damaging to reputation; it is usually more or less malicious
After reading this I found it interesting that you can not ungossip. Also, when you research the Origin Middle English / Old English before 1050, it comes from godsibb, godparent, equivalent to god, God + sibb related
So, perhaps God has a hand in all this small talk?