A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
I believe today many of us are often deceived concerning the subject called gossip. Whether it’s self-denial or just being in spiritual bondage that has us blinded by our actions, we often find ourselves partaking in conversations that are not pleasing to God. Most of us our conversations seem very innocent and we even say it’s out of concern for the person we may be talking about; but we still must be careful when the concern starts to reveal something that we supposed to keep in confidence. The scripture above in Proverbs 11:13 says that a faithful spirit conceals the matter; meaning we do not repeat it to anyone else. We should go to God in prayer and leave it there.
What is a talebearer you ask? A talebearer is a person who spreads gossip and secrets which may cause trouble or harm. We’ve all heard the saying, “she/he can’t hold water” at some point in our life’s, right? Yes, well that would be a gossip! Now let us look at this a little closer…So not only does the gossip tell secrets, they often add to it. Why not make it sound even more interesting when trying to appear relevant. Relevant to who…? We say we know better, yet we continue in sin. The word of God say’s “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound, God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2). When we know better, we should do better!
A faithful spirit will honor God in all things. We will not spend idle time on the phone gossiping about someone else business. We will not share with others of what was spoken to us in confidence. We honor God and we honor all his children, whether we believe them to be or not. “Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm,” (1Chronicles 16:22; Psalm 105:15) is what the Word of God tells us…We are to study and show ourselves approved to God, (2 Timothy 2:15) and how we do that is by obeying His Word. Knowing the scripture simply isn’t enough, we must live by it! God forbid we should speak something unjust about one of His beloved; or even entertain someone else who is speaking about His to later find out the error of our ways.
We must examine our ways and what we allow ourselves to partake in. 2 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” Notice how it ends with a question mark? Are you assessing your actions? So often we allow the enemy to creep in and have us examining everyone/everything yourself except ourselves. I believe this is one of the things that causes a talebearer/gossip to thrive. This is reason enough to show us that we really need to work on ourselves more and worry about other’s less, except to pray for them. This is how the enemy’s deceptive plots works on many of us, we become so consumed in what someone else is doing, that we are no longer doing what we are supposed to be doing. We have allowed that old gossiping spirit to throw us completely off course and right into the enemy’s hands. Break free of his hold and repent and tell the enemy no more…
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
1 Peter 4:12-16