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“Gossip Offers Scandalous Sensationalism Injuring People! (G.O.S.S.I.P)”

By Ramesh C.Reddy
Pittsburgh Standard

April 17, 2008

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“Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip; liars pay close attention to slander.” (Proverbs 17:4, NLT)

I asked myself what kinds of people are mentioned in this verse?
1. Wrongdoers
2. Liars

I decided to focus on point 1!

I asked myself what is the action of wrongdoers?
Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip!

What does ‘eagerly’ mean?
“Full of enthusiasm and impatience: expressing enthusiastic interest and expectation or an impatient desire to do something!”

What does ‘listen’ mean?
“Pay attention: to pay attention to something and take it into account!”

What does gossip mean?
“Spread rumors: to tell people rumors or personal or intimate facts about other people, especially maliciously!”

(Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.)

So a wrongdoer is full of enthusiastic interest and expectation to pay attention to tell people rumors or personal or intimate facts about other people, especially maliciously.

What is the intent of gossip?
The intent of gossip is usually to spoil the reputation of another person behind their back whether it is slander (spoken) or libel (written) when what is revealed is not the truth but done with a malicious intent. It does not always have to be false but can be the truth revealed to damage the reputation of someone else behind their back.

The intent of gossip can also be to boost one’s own self-esteem up by tearing other people down without dealing with the shortcomings of the person’s own lives.

What should our role be when it comes to gossip?
Gossip about other people should not even be listened to. It is wrongdoers who listen to gossip and when we are a follower of Christ we ought to listen to the teachings of Christ and His Word on living. As a follower of Christ, our instruction manual for life living is the Bible, the Word of God.

The Word of God gives us wisdom on how we ought to live our lives and speaks against gossip in at least 14 verses between the Old and New Testament mentioning it with other vices.

“Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip.” (Romans 1:29, NLT)

I ask you now dear friend, what does gossip do to you?
Dear friend, gossip has a magnetic attraction to pull people to itself and have people cling to it. Once you are involved in gossip, it will be hard to pull away whether you are the giver of the gossip or the recipient of the gossip.

If you want to follow Christ and His Word, gossip will keep you from doing that because it is contrary to the Word of God. Anything in the Word of God that we should avoid is for our own good to become the person the Lord wants us to be.

Having an interest in gossip will take you to websites that will draw you in like a magnet while tarnishing your reputation. Christians should not even entertain gossip websites or gossip dealings because then our own reputation as a follower of Christ can be tarnished because we are joining in the act of gossiping one another.

“Others may accuse you of gossip, and you will never regain your good reputation.” (Proverbs 20:10, NLT)

Gossip is so sinful that it is mentioned as one of the things that can prevent us from having fellowship with the Lord and be in His presence.

“Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.” (Psalm 15:1-3, NLT)

Here it talks about ‘refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors’.

Your neighbor could very well be someone that you consider an enemy but that still does not make it right to gossip against that person or harm that person because the Word of the Lord speaks against it friend.

Sadly, there are websites out there being promoted by people who want to make a living from allowing others to post gossip material so they can have thousands of readers and hits. Majority of the time it is to spread rumors & hatred with maliciousness.

Not everything mentioned on these sites maybe false nonetheless by engaging in a site like that, people are putting themselves in a place to harm the lives of others knowingly or unknowingly unless they are defending people they are gossiped against. These kinds of sites especially could affect the lives of young students who care for their standing among their peers.

You do not want to be part of that if you have been already. You want to be the solution to build people up and not tear them down. If your purpose is to be on those sites, it should be to build up those you know that have been gossiped against by speaking on their behalf if you know about them in a good light. Christ wants us to have the attitude of building each other up and not tearing each other down whether we know a person or not.

“If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.” (Romans 14:18-19, NLT)

“We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.” (Romans 15:2, NLT)

Gossip can make you sad, angry, or even upset if you live your life for other human beings approval than you do for the Lord’s approval. It is a natural tendency for anyone to want to be loved and liked by other people instead of being gossiped about.

Friend, you may be the recipient of malicious gossip that could be true or is full of lies. I want you to know friend, whatever is spoken in slander or written in libel about you, you can take it to the Lord in prayer and leave it in His precious hands. He will take care of it.

Know that you can come to Jesus with all your problems and He will find a solution to it in His timing.  I would not feel like I am appropriate to talk about how to deal with gossip if I have not faced it myself.

Friend, I have faced gossip and it is meant to tarnish my reputation as a follower of Christ but I stand on the promises of Jesus and what He wants me to do.

 I will continue to show the love of Christ whether I am working on campus, running http://www.pittsburghstandard.com  by covering Greek Life and non-Greek Life events that students want to see, or taking classes as a means to reach students with the Gospel of Jesus Christ directly or indirectly.

My signature verse has been, “But life is worth nothing unless I use it to do the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus, the work of telling others about God’s mighty goodness and love!” (Acts 20:24, NLT)

Whatever they have written or said about me, they are entitled to their opinion but I would be ashamed of myself if my actions and response dishonored the Lord.

So, I have been there and experienced gossip firsthand but I don’t even waste my time defending stuff written about me because my Lord and Savior knows my heart and the Truth.

I share what has happened to me to let you know that I have been there and know what Christ Jesus has done for me through His Word. I share my experience with you praying that it would be helpful to those in a similar situation.

What people have gossiped about you maybe lighter or worse than what has happened to me but Jesus is still the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and still reaches out!

It is surprising that this gossip information about me came to light after I shared, ‘What do you do with your T.E.S.T.I.M.O.N.Y?’! Some of the things shocked me and appalled me but I am used to negative things said about me because of being vocal about my faith in Christ, about ethical issues involving SGB, etc.

Through it all, I know Jesus is my refuge and strength. With the Lord on our side it should not phase us. All the gossiping could be like the giant Goliath but deliverance is on the way just as the shepherd David found deliverance in the Lord.

If you are a follower of Christ and speak out for the things of Christ, you could be reviled against and persecuted through a means such as gossip by those that hate what you stand for. They can even take truths about yourself and twist them to make them lies. Majority of the time they are all lies to tarnish your reputation. But remember the words of Jesus:

“When you are reviled and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers---wonderful! Be happy about it! Be very glad for a tremendous reward awaits you up in heaven….” (Matthew 5:11-12, TLB)

Right after that, Jesus makes a profound statement:

“You are the world’s seasoning, to make it tolerable. If you lose your flavor, what will happen to the world? And you yourselves will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the world’s light---a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:13-16, TLB)

It would be easy for someone who feels reviled and persecuted, however the means, to entertain hateful attitudes and responses but that is exactly what Jesus does not want His followers to do so Jesus made that profound statement about the danger of losing their flavor to season the world as a follower of Christ.

Those that speak out or write against you should be loved and not hated. Anyone can love those who love them but we are to love those who see us as their enemy. For when others see us as an enemy, they would love to tear us down and tarnish our reputation. It is those we need to love.

“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48, NLT)

“Do what is right; then if men speak against you, calling you evil names, they will become ashamed of themselves for falsely accusing you when you have only done what is good. Remember, if God wants you to suffer, it is better to suffer for doing good than for doing wrong!” (1 Peter 3:16-17, TLB)

“Be happy if you are cursed and insulted for being a Christian, for when that happens the Spirit of God will come upon you with great glory. Don’t let me hear of your suffering for murdering or stealing or making trouble or being a busybody and prying into other people’s affairs. But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being in Christ’s family and being called by His wonderful name!” (1 Peter 4:14-16, TLB)

“Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t snap back at those who say unkind things about you. Instead, pray for God’s help for them, for we are to be kind to others, and God will bless us for it.” (1 Peter 3:9, TLB)

Friend, I have been there facing gossip and will probably continue to face gossip about myself but Jesus is there through it all and is by my side. Jesus saw what was happening and allowed it for a reason.

“Since the Lord is directing our steps, why try to understand everything that happens along the way!” (Proverbs 24:20, TLB)

Friend, so turn to Jesus whatever you are facing and remember those that write about you or speak about you negatively, you don't know what they are going through. Maybe they need someone to tear up to make them feel good even though it is not right. Whether you know the person or don't know the person who gossiped you, pray for them because there is power in prayer.

More than anything remember Jesus who faced gossip and ridicule because there were those that hated Him for what He stood for and preached. Yet, Jesus had nothing to be ashamed of because Jesus was doing what honors Father God. When our actions are honoring to God, it does not matter what other people write or say but when they are dishonoring God, we need to search ourselves and ask the Lord’s help to change.  

To change, we need to first acknowledge that we are a sinner and fall short of the glory of God and need what God offers us through Christ. We need the cleansing precious blood of Jesus shed on the cross to cleanse us of all our sin. For while we were yet sinners, Jesus died on the cross for you and me and came back to life on the third day to save us. Yes friend, whatever Jesus did, it was because He loves you. Jesus died to make Salvation available to you and me.  You may have been the giver of gossip or the recipient of gossip but Christ wants to transform your life and give you a new beginning.

You may already believe you are a Christian but can you be sure if you are to die now, you would go to heaven?

Friend, Salvation is by grace through faith so when you acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Lord and Personal Savior realizing He alone can deliver you and set you free from the ‘bondage of sin that will keep you from Heaven and from living an abundant life here on earth‘, He will come and save you as you confess and repent of your sin. Come as you are to Jesus and let Him take care of you and give you a new life in Christ where you can be assured of your salvation. Gossip offers scandalous sensationalism injuring people but Gospel offers salvation proclaiming Emmanuel’s love!

Lord Jesus, you know all about gossip and spoke against it in your Word because you also know the damage it can do to people’s lives injuring them. Help us Oh Lord never to take part in gossip but be someone who helps others who are gossiped about to build them up instead of tearing them down. And Lord, those that have gossiped about us or will gossip about us, help us to love them and pray for blessings in their lives because that is what you want us to do. Thank you for who you are Jesus and for working in our lives to transform us. We love you Jesus and help us to live for you always no matter what people say about you or us. Thank you for being our refuge and strength. I pray right now for the one who is injured because of things said about them that you would rescue them and heal them Oh Lord. Touch their hearts in a mighty powerful way and if they do not know about you, help them to come to know you as their Lord and personal Savior! Thank you for hearing and answering us. Thank you so much Jesus! In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!

"Gossip Offers Scandalous Sensationalism Injuring People!" (G.O.S.S.I.P)/"What does G.O.S.S.I.P do to you?"

Now is the time of Salvation friend! If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Personal Savior or want to rededicate your life to the Lord right now this very moment, won't you pray this prayer with me?

Dear Jesus, I do not know everything about you. I still have a lot of questions but I heard how you heal people. I need your spiritual healing and need  you to transplant yourself into my life. I am so sorry for my sin. My sin has separated me from you. There is nothing I can do on my own to earn your forgiveness but you give it to me in your grace. Thank you so much Jesus. I now come and say, I am so sorry for my all sin. I confess to you my sin and repent of my sin. Help me please Jesus and transform my life in your timing. Please forgive me of my sin and cleanse me with your cleansing blood. Wash me and I will be whiter than snow. Thank you so much Jesus. Please come into my heart Jesus and make my heart your home. Live in me Jesus and I will live for you and serve you the rest of the days of my life. Thank you Jesus for coming into my heart and making my heart your home! Thank you Jesus for living in me and helping me to live for you and serve you the rest of the days of my life! Thank you for your forgiveness and grace. I gotta tell somebody what you did for me Jesus. Before I even do that, I acknowledge you as my Lord and Personal Savior! Thank you Jesus for being my Lord and Personal Savior! Thank you Jesus you have heard my prayer and answered me! In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!

Friend, if you have prayed this prayer and meant it in your heart, you are a new creation in Christ and all old things are passed away and everything has become new! You may feel something or may not but don’t base it on feelings but base your new life in Christ on the promises of our Savior who will never leave you nor forsake you! Amen!

Spend time in His word and let the Lord speak to you! Start out in the Gospel of John! You can also check out the Gospel of Mark which are the devotionals I have been going through.  Learn from Jesus through study and prayer. Also find yourself a church fellowship and a college fellowship you can be part of where you can be part of a community of believers to supplement your own walk with the Lord. Let it be a Bible-believing and Bible-breathing church! Believe in Bible Live Eternally!

Feel free to email me at reddy4hisglory2004@yahoo.com if you want to meet to study the Bible, pray with, talk about Spiritual issues or whatever is on your mind! My number is 412-720-4579

"This is my work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)

Love in Christ,

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Mark 1:1: "What does the G.O.S.P.E.L mean to you?" (Jan 15, 08, 1:15 p.m.)

Mark 1:1-4: "How seriously do you T.E.S.T.I.F.Y about prophesy?" (Jan 12, 08, 11:18 p.m.)

Mark 1:5-8: "Who do you P.O.I.N.T to?" (Jan 16, 08, 8:48 a.m.)

Mark 1:9: How will you take a S.T.A.N.D? (Jan 17, 08, 11:21 a.m.)

Mark 1:9-11: "How is your loving P.R.A.I.S.E?" (Jan 18, 08, 8:53 a.m.)

Mark 1:12-13: "How do you handle T.E.M.P.T.A.T.I.O.N?" (Jan 19, 08, 12:27 p.m.)

Mark 1:14-15: How do you handle T.I.M.E given to you? (Jan 21, 08, 1:31 p.m.)

Mark 1:16-18: "What kind of P.R.O.F.E.S.S.I.O.N are you in?" (Jan 26, 08, 10:22 a.m.)

Mark 1:19-20: "Without having to  P.R.O.C.R.A.S.T.I.N.A.T.E, what should you do?"  (Jan 29, 08, 10:44 a.m.)

Mark 1:20-22: "How do you rate in the B.U.S.I.N.E.S.S of Jesus?" (Jan 30, 08, 11:29 a.m.)

Mark 1:20-22: "Whose T.E.A.C.H.I.N.G.S do you follow?" (Jan 31, 08, 11:52 a.m.)

Mark 1:23-28: "What C.A.P.T.I.V.I.T.Y are you facing today?" (Feb 01, 08, 10:35 a.m.)

Mark 4:3-20: "What if Jesus talked F.O.O.T.B.A.L.L?" (Feb 02, 08, 10:35 a.m.)

Mark 1:29-31: "Where do you need H.E.A.L.I.N.G?" (Feb 05, 08, 11:44 a.m.)

Mark 1:32-34: "Where do you need an A.N.S.W.E.R?" (Feb 06, 08, 11:16 a.m.)

Mark 1:35-39: "Where do you give your S.O.L.I.T.A.R.Y time to the Lord?" (Feb 07, 08, 11:41 a.m.)

Mark 1:40-42: "Where do you need to be C.L.E.A.N?" (Feb 09, 08, 11:00 a.m.)

Mark 1:43-45: "What do your actions C.A.U.S.E?" (Feb 11, 08, 9:23 a.m.)


Mark 2:1-2: "What do you do with your P.O.P.U.L.A.R.I.T.Y?" (Feb 12, 08, 9:52 a.m.)

Mark 2:2-5: "What kind of F.R.I.E.N.D are you?" (Feb 13, 08, 11:49 a.m.)

Mark 2:5-12: "Where does P.A.R.A.L.Y.S.I.S take hold of you?" (Feb 15, 08, 7:42 a.m.)

Mark 2:5-12: "What are you thinking in your M.I.N.D?" (Feb 16, 08, 11:08 a.m.)

Mark 2:5-12: "What do you represent by your A.C.T.I.O.N.S?" (Feb 18, 08, 8:23 a.m.)

Mark 2:13-15: "Where are you looking for A.C.C.E.P.T.A.N.C.E?" (Feb 19, 08, 11:22 a.m.)

Mark 2:15-17: "Who do you I.N.V.I.T.E to Jesus?" (Feb 20, 08, 9:57 a.m.)

Mark 2:18-20: "When do you F.A.S.T?" (Feb 21, 08, 9:32 a.m.)

Mark 2:21-22: "How do you see your L.I.F.E?" (Feb 22, 08, 9:56 a.m.)

Mark 2:23-28: "What kind of L.E.A.D.E.R will you be? (Feb 23, 08, 10:46 a.m.)

Mark 2:23-28: "What does the S.A.B.B.A.T.H mean to you?" (Feb 25, 08, 10:46 a.m.)


Mark 3:1-6:"Whose N.E.E.D.S do you meet?" (Feb 26, 08, 9:54 a.m.)

Mark 3:7-8: "What is your I.M.P.A.C.T?" (Feb 27, 08, 8:17 a.m.)

Mark 3:9-11: "What S.P.A.C.E do you give yourself?" (Feb 28, 08, 9:38 a.m.)

Mark 3:11-12: "How do you fight E.V.I.L?" (Feb 29, 08, 9:11 a.m.)

Mark 3:13-16: "What emphasis do you put on your R.E.L.A.T.I.O.N.S.H.I.P with Jesus?" (March 01, 08, 9:29 a.m.)

Mark 3:17-19: "Where do you have your A.P.P.O.I.N.T.M.E.N.T in?" (March 03, 08, 9:49 a.m.)

Mark 3:20: "Where do you G.A.T.H.E.R?" (March 04, 08, 12:07 p.m.)

Mark 3:21: "How are your actions seen by your F.A.M.I.L.Y?" (March 05, 08, 10:24 a.m.)

Mark 3:22-27: "How do you handle S.L.A.N.D.E.R?" (March 06, 08, 7:57 a.m.)

Mark 3:28-30: "What is your V.I.E.W of Jesus?" (March 07, 08, 8:18 a.m.)

Mark 3:31-34: "What do you do with God's Will?" (March 08, 08, 8:45 a.m.)

Mark 4:1-20:
"What do P.A.R.A.B.L.E.S mean to you?" (March 10, 08, 7:15 a.m.)

Mark 4:1-20: "What if Jesus talked F.O.O.T.B.A.L.L?" (Feb 02, 08, 10:35 a.m.)

Mark 4:1-20: "Where are you in your W.A.L.K with the Lord?" (March 11, 08, 9:32 a.m.)

Audio: "Where are you in your W.A.L.K with the Lord?" (March 11, 08,  11:05 a.m.)

Mark 4:21-23: "What kind of L.A.M.P will you be?" (March 12, 08, 9:40 a.m.)

Audio: "What do you C.O.N.C.E.A.L?" (March 14, 08, 10:11 a.m.)

"What do you C.O.N.C.E.A.L?" (March 14, 08, 8:52 a.m.)

John 12:12-15: "How can you B.L.E.S.S the Lord?" (March 17, 08, 1:25 a.m.)

Philippians 2:8: "What does the C.R.O.S.S mean to you?" (March 20, 08, 1:16 p.m.)

"How do you handle D.O.U.B.T.S?" (March 25, 08, 12:36 p.m.)

Mark 4:24-25: "What do you do with what you H.E.A.R?" (March 31, 08, 8:39 a.m.)

Mark 4:26-29: "What do you do with the W.O.R.D of God?" (April 05, 08, 10:18 a.m.)

Mark 4:30-34: "What do you do with the S.E.E.D?" (April 07, 08, 11:48 a.m.)

Mark 4:35-41: "What are the S.T.O.R.M.S in your life?" (April 08, 08, 11:52 a.m.)


Mark 5:1-13: "Where is your T.O.R.M.E.N.T coming from?" (April 09, 08, 11:50 a.m.)

Mark 5:14-17: "Where do you need H.E.A.L.I.N.G?" (April 11, 08, 11:46 a.m.)

Mark 5:14-17: "What do people R.E.P.O.R.T about you?" (April 12, 08, 11:00 a.m.)

Mark 5:18-19: "What makes you A.F.R.A.I.D of Jesus?" (April 14, 08, 10:40 a.m.)

Mark 5:18-19: "Will you T.E.L.L others about Jesus?" (April 15, 08, 11:32 a.m.)






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