What does the Bible say about gossip and how can it affect the business world? Proverbs 26:20-28 states that "Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down. As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts. Like a coating of glaze over earthenware are fervent lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit. Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart. His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him. A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin."
The way we communicate can affect how we view people and how other people perceive us. Good verbal communication is an excellent resource for our daily business life. When used correctly, good communication can lead to a successful and prosperous business. What we say, and how we say it, affects more people than any other actions we take.
Four of the common speech patterns described in Proverbs are:
1. The controlled tongue- Think before speaking, know when silence is best, and give wise advice.
2. The caring tongue- Speak truthfully while seeking to encourage.
3. The conniving tongue- Is filled with wrong motives, gossip, slander, and a desire to twist the truth.
4. The careless tongue- Is filled with lies, curses, and quick-tempered words which can lead to rebellion and destruction.
The first two tongues should be copied, while the last two should be avoided. The controlled tongue means...