“He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeated a matter separateth very friends.” Proverbs 17:9
It is so easy to talk about others –how they annoy us, the sins they are doing, the problems they have, etc. However, love (definition found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8) will cover someone else’s sin, not expose it to others. When we refuse to cover a transgression, ultimately, we are sinning in disobedience to God. Added to that, we hurt our relationship with the person we are gossiping about and also the relationship of that person with the person to whom we are talking.
Do we truly love our brother/sister/parent/friend? Let us “refrain our lips from evil, and our tongue that it speaks no guile” (1 Peter 3:10 paraphrase).
What verse is God using in your life today?