A central theme that runs through the whole book of Proverbs is capturing the elusive attribute that is wisdom. Once one is at some level thought to be wise, that wisdom will be seen in every part of their life. One of those aspects is how they use their words. Consider the words of the man who was considered to be the wisest of all men in his day, King Solomon. He says, “A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter,” (Ecc. 11:13).
Other Old Testament references do not paint a talebearer as a positive light. The book of Leviticus says to not go about the people as a talebearer (Lev. 19:16). Ezekiel also says that among the people are men who “slander to cause bloodshed” (Eze. 22:9). Whether it be the inspired word of God or a man describing a talebearer, in no context is it a good thing.
When considering talebearing, or any other actions, one must ask oneself, “Is this something that is beneficial?” And, if they are honest, the answer is no. When spreading stories around with malicious intent, there is not a good thing that can come of it. Not only is not productive, but it is not a good use of an intrinsic gift that God has given us, our speech. In Colossians 4:6, Paul writes, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” This is how God says to use our speech effectively! How can we, as the body of Christ, accurately represent our God if we are using our tongue as a tool for evil?
In order to capture wisdom and apply it to our lives, it is imperative that we apply it to how we speak. We must, as hard as it can be, learn to discipline ourselves and conceal a matter.
As we strive to walk in wisdom, we must understand that words mean something, and use them (or withhold them) accordingly! – Brennan