Let no evil talk come out of your mouths,
but only what is useful for building up,
as there is need,
so that your words may give grace
to those who hear
I've been re-reading Bonhoeffer's writings on living in community with one another through a set of devotionals from biblegateway.com the past few weeks. One of the best ways to break up a community of believers is to gossip. We all love a good story, especially if it concerns one of the body of church members, but passing along information about another only causes rifts in relationships. If someone wants to pass along a juicy tidbit, maybe we could find something "urgent" to do instead and not make ourselves willing receivers.