“Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.” –Psalm 15:3
As strong as the palm tree can be, one thing can cause its roots to weaken—disease. Over time, the disease will eat away at the roots until one day it topples over, falling to the ground.
Psalm 15 tells us how to get strong and stay strong—by protecting ourselves from the disease of speaking against others. Speaking against others is in direct disobedience to the commandment to love one another (John 13:34-35). It weakens our roots and opens the door for Satan to access our lives.
A person who cannot be moved is a person who refuses to speak against others in any way. That’s where a lot of people miss it. They don’t realize how much damage is done with the tongue. That’s why James 3:5 warns us that, though the tongue is small, “a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.”
The Psalm 15 life is one that does not participate in gossiping about others. Gossip is serious sin. It’s slander, it promotes discord among believers, and it violates the commandment of love (John 13:34).
Anytime you speak something negative or reveal something about someone else when they aren’t present—it’s gossip. Even if it’s under the guise of a “prayer request.”
Remember this: the devil is the accuser of believers. So, when gossips accuse and slander others, they are acting like the original accuser! People who like to reveal others’ secrets can cause a great deal of strife among the people with whom they associate. Many times, the tales they pass on may even be true but certainly not pure, lovely or good reports (Philippians 4:8).
One of the things God hates most is for someone to sow discord among fellow believers (Proverbs 6:19). So, stay clear of one who gossips, who accuses others and spreads strife. And you definitely want to make sure you aren’t that kind of person yourself!
Determine to do “no wrong to a neighbor” and “speak no evil of your friends” (Psalm 15:3). There are so many people in the world who are ready to tear others down and criticize. Don’t be that kind of person! “So encourage each other and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Purpose in your heart to respect, love and consider others before you consider yourself (Philippians 2:3). Then you will have success, and be one who cannot be shaken.