Gossip: Let go of your workplace weapon

We recently wrote about ways Christians can stand out at work. One way was our refusal to gossip (2 Corinthians 12:20).

You know the kind of thing. Moaning about that team member who never responds to emails. Whispering about two colleagues spending a lot of time together recently.

Even ‘poking fun’ at your boss is a form of gossip.

It appears harmless. But it’s a disguised weapon and one we need to ditch.

Workplace Sinners

By gossiping, we’re seeking approval.

It’s about raising our own profile in comparison to others – our competence, our better morals. It’s about distancing ourselves from ‘workplace sinners’ so we’d be seen as ‘professionally righteous.’  

This stands in direct opposition to grace – God’s undeserved approval of us sinners by clothing us with his righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).

And his alone.

Whispering Weapon

Of course, this isn’t just a problem at work. But the modern workplace is to gossip what fuel is to fire.

Why?

Because jobs are now careers. And careers are propped up by ladders.

For me to get to the next rung, that colleague who’s now there or the colleague also going for the promotion has to be seen as inferior to me – professionally, morally or socially.

While I wouldn’t want to be nasty (this will only dent my chances), I’ll use that softer weapon.

I’ll take them out with gossip.

Words of Grace

But God will have none of it for his people.

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)

Not a word of gossip. We’re only to use words that build up – words that give grace to others.

Because, after all, it’s grace that’s been given to us.