Proverbs 16:28 A perverse person stirs up conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.
My friend Stephanie posted this on her Facebook wall today, and I made this sign. One for her to add her family name to. (If anyone wants one just message me and I'll email you one). She and I were talking about it and I said I had to blog it. Here it is...
Your name is safe in our house. Think about what that means. Your name, what you leave with us when you are not physically there, is safe when you are not physically there. No gossip, not judgement, no talking about you behind your back.
Your name. Your reputation. Your life. Your story. Your confidences. Your choices. Nothing will be said about you that would not be said to you. What kind of commitment would that take for your family?
Gossip is one of the single most destructive things we believers engage in. We do it freely and so often without conscious malice but it is gossip all the same. It is judgmental, it is critical, it is divisive and it is wrong.
When someone is welcome in your home their name should be safe when they are not there.