Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 29:20
There is an old saying that this verse reminded me of: “You should think before you speak.”
Inaccurate information is passed when people speak before they verify. Rumors get spread and troubles can abound if the information given is wrong. It can cause companies strife, family’s worries, and friends to be separated. The people never stop to think about the information they are passing along, they just do it. They don’t realize that if that information is wrong, it can be devastating.
There are also those who love to gossip. Gossip is spread by people not being able to hold their tongue. Gossipers never stop to think of the harm they can cause a person by speaking things that need not be spoken.
The Bible teaches us that we should not associate with a person who gossips (Proverb 20:19). That is because gossips will speak what ever they hear. They can’t hold their tongue and can not be trusted to be quiet.
There are also times when things appear to be one thing, but it turns out to be totally different. These are the times that some make assumptions on what they see, without knowing the truth. If you don’t know what is going on, you shouldn’t tell anyone your opinion. If you must share, wait until you have facts.
If you really feel you must share information, then it is important to make sure it is true and accurate. Don’t spread rumors, don’t gossip and don’t spread lies that can cause dissension and division. Verify the information you feel you must share, but if there is not good purpose to sharing the information, don’t. Hold your tongue and keep it to yourself.
People who speak lies and gossip and spread rumors are not reflecting love the way God desires. Remember what comes from the mouth flows from the heart. (Matthew 12:34)