Sermon: The Sin of Gossip

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Text: Proverbs 16:28 – “A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.”

I. Introduction

A. Definition of gossip
B. Gossip is a sin
C. The consequences of gossip

II. Gossip Destroys Relationships
A. Whispering separates friends
B. Gossip leads to division
C. Proverbs 26:20 – “Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.”

III. Gossip is a Form of Deception
A. Gossip often involves lies and half-truths
B. Proverbs 20:19 – “He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.”
C. Proverbs 26:22 – “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”

IV. Gossip is a Violation of God’s Commandments
A. Gossip violates the commandment to love thy neighbor as thyself
B. Gossip violates the commandment to bear false witness
C. Proverbs 11:13 – “A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.”

V. Conclusion
A. Gossip is a sin that destroys relationships and violates God’s commandments
B. We should guard our tongues and use our words to build up, not tear down
C. Let us remember the words of Proverbs 10:19 – “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.”


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