Talking too Much

Proverbs 20:19

A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.

We think of a gossip as a little old lady who spends a lot of time at the beauty parlor.  But a gossip can be anyone who spreads information about other people.

It has been said that “Small people talk about other people, average people talk about things, and great people talk about ideas.”  Little is accomplished by talking about other people other than the spreading of rumors.

Gossip is usually hidden under the guise of “just concerned about” someone.  “I’m concerned that so and so is having an affair.  It would be awful with three kids.”  True of false, nothing is accomplished by spreading this information.  If a person was truly concerned they would speak to the person they were concerned about rather than everyone else about the problem.

People avoid gossips because they don’t want anything being spread around about themselves.  They are only good for finding out what is going on with others.  They should be avoided both so that we don’t participate in gossip as well as to avoid becoming the topic of gossip.

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