Gossip Separates

+ Leviticus 19:16 - Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people

+ Proverbs 10:18 - ...he that utters a slander, is a fool

+ Proverbs 16:28 - gossip separates the best of friends

+ Proverbs 18:8 - Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one's heart

+ Proverbs 26:20 - ...where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.

+ Psalm 101:5 - Whoever slanders a neighbor in secret I will reduce to silence.

+ Proverbs 11:13 - A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence

Gossip is spiritual murder

Gossip is called spiritual murder. What can we do to fight this terrible venom?

Archimandrite Sebastian at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery had the best shield against gossip: if you came to him with gossip and said, “Guess what I heard!”, before you had a chance to say any more, he would ask, “Did you hear it yourself? Were you there?” And if you said no, he would say “Then it’s gossip, and I don’t want to hear it.” And if you started to tell him anyway -- he would turn his back and walk away. Or, if you said you were there, and you heard it with your own ears, he would say he didn’t want to hear it anyhow.

Pambo the Blessed

The monks asked Pambo the Blessed:
"Is it good to praise your neighbor?"
Then Pambo was silent and to the brethren replied:
"It is good to praise but it is better to remain silent."

And still, they asked Pambo: "And who is perfect?"
"For the sake of the will of God, one who denies his own."

The monks remained silent while one said:
"Yet one more reply, do not deny us:
And what kind of garment should a monk have?"
"The kind you throw away and no one takes."

Thus the saint spoke and closed his mouth,
For he protected his tongue in order not to speak unnecessarily.

Pambo, all radiant at the hour of his death
Questioned about his life, he uttered:
"Undeserving bread, I never did taste, Neither for a word, my soul repented."


"As the Prophets saw, as the Apostles taught, as the Church has received, as the Teachers express in dogma, as the inhabited world understands together with them, as grace illumines, as the truth makes clear, as error has been banished, as wisdom makes bold to declare, as Christ has assured, so we think, so we speak, so we preach, honoring Christ our true God, and his Saints, in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in icons, worshiping and revering the One as God and Lord, and honoring them because of their common Lord as those who are close to him and serve him, and making to them relative veneration. This is the faith of the Apostles; this is the faith of the Fathers; this is the faith of the Orthodox; this faith makes fast the inhabited world."
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