I've been thinking about the issue of gossip. I really try not to gossip. Some of my previous jobs required me to be in the know of the dirty secrets hardly anyone knew about. I would have been easier not to have known this information.
Anyway, I was listening to a preacher on the radio on my commute to Abby's daycare preach on gossip and he used the NICE acronym. Have you heard of this?
- N - Is it necessary?
- I - Is it important?
- C - Is it compassionate?
- E - Is it encouraging?
"Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!" Psalm 141:3
Next time I'm tempted to gossip I will pray that I would have the strength to just keep what I know to myself and not divulge unnecessary sordid details about broken lives.
Spurgeon said: "Be deaf, be blind, be dead to gossip, and it will grow disgusted with you and select a more sensitive victim."