It is shameful that some will accept what is said about others without confirming it. For example, If Bobby tells Herman, that Stanley was laughing at a homeless dog, Herman will believe it. But the right thing would have been for Herman to ask Stanley if he laughed at that dog. And if Bobby is so opposed to people laughing at dogs; why did he have to run and tell Herman? The thing that he should have done is go to Stanley and let him know that making fun of suffering dogs is offensive.
It became gossip, when Bobby went to the third person rather then dealing with the person involved. If we hear something about another person, we need to realize that such is rumor because we didn’t see it. And we sure don’t need to be spreading rumors it around. If we are concerned about what we hear, we need to go directly to the person and find out. Also we need to refuse to listen to people who spread things about others (Acts 17:21; 1 Timothy 5:13; Proverbs 18:8; Leviticus 19:16; Proverbs 20:19; Prov. 26:20:22; Matthew 18:15; Galatians 2:11; 2 Corinthians 12:20).
Hope to hear from you or see you at the services.