I don’t think anyone would admit to being a gossip, it is so hard to define. Often we say words without filtering them in the light of our Saviour, people get hurt because of our fleeting words and it is draining to be with someone who continuously gossips.
We have all met well meaning people who ask us to pray about certain people and we just cringe once we have listened to the embarrassment that others must be feeling. We need to examine our hearts in the light of scripture on this topic and check that we aren’t being drawn into gossip or even spreading it ourselves.
A good way of checking ourselves is to remember that gossip is something we would never say if the person was present.
He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbour no wrong and casts no slur on his fellow man… he who does these things will never be shaken. Psalm 15 vv 2-3, 5.
If you have found yourself to be a gossip, repent today and walk on closely with the Lord. Filter what you say, filter everything you hear through the scriptures. Remember if the words of our friends contradicts the word of God, God is always right.