WHO AM I?
I have no respect for justice.
I maim without killing.
I break hearts and ruin lives.
I am cruel and malicious and gather strength with age.
The more I am quoted, the more I am believed.
I flourish at every level of society.
My victims are helpless.
They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face.
To track me down is impossible.
The harder you try, the more elusive I become.
I’m nobody’s friend.
Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same.
I topple governments and ruin marriages.
I destroy careers and cause heartache and sleepless nights.
I wreck churches and separate Christians.
I spawn suspicion and generate grief, make innocent people cry on their pillows.
Even my name hisses.
I am gossip. 1
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts. – Proverbs 18:8 NIV
1. Charles Kimball, Gossip: The 8th Deadly Sin Proverbs 18:8