The more I read what the bible has to say about it, the more I want to steer clear of it. A friend of mine on facebook wrote the following: Simple way to remember how gossip stands out from other talking: 1. INTENT - Harmful. 2. CONTENT - Hurtful.
Someone else had this to say about gossip: I've always been taught that if I am talking with someone about a problem and we are not part of the problem nor part of the solution, it is probably gossip.
This verse really makes me stop and think: A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends. ~Proverbs 16:28
Gossip makes me think of Matthew 15 verse 11: What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.
That's some pretty powerful stuff to think and pray on.