The Bible says, “A mean person stirs up conflict, and  gossip separates close friends” (Proverbs 16:28). The New York Times recently ran an article about a small town in Missouri called Mountain Grove. Gossip and rumors have always existed in this tight-knit Missouri community. Every morning, the townspeople trade stories at the local diner about the weather, politics, and of course, their neighbors.

Lately, however, more and more gossip in this small Missouri town has shifted to social media sites where anonymous residents post remarks without giving their real names.
Sadly, these posts have become increasingly more negative, damaging and simply untrue.

As one town resident recently put it, the anonymous sites are now a “cesspool of character assassination, damaging friendships, marriages and the town.”  Literally, gossip is gutting this small town! What is happening is simply sad.

David understood the power of controlling your speech when he wrote a prayer in Psalm 141:3 to “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.”

Remember today,what you say really does matter. Don’t be the town gossip. Don’t use your words to tear down but, instead, let your words be true and encouraging. Look for opportunities to edify others.