Scripture for the day is Proverbs 16:28, 20:19, 26:20

A perverse person stirs up conflict,
    and a gossip separates close friends.

A gossip betrays a confidence;
    so avoid anyone who talks too much.

Without wood a fire goes out;
    without a gossip a quarrel dies down.

After reading and reflecting on the passage, pray saying, Lord, how deceptive gossip is – to the gossiper! I want to warn, I want sympathy and to sympathize, I want a good laugh, and yet these are all excuses I use to hurt other people’s reputations. Help me recognize gossip when I am doing it (or hearing it) so I can turn from it. Amen.