For Thursday’s self-reflection post (which is somewhat related to yesterday’s post,) I’ve wanted to reflect on workplace / office gossip. For some reason this week, I’ve been reflecting on my own work life and different things I’ve experienced at the office. I’ve moved around (abit) between countries during the past 10 years. It’s been interesting working in different cultural environments, dealing with language barriers, different processes than to what I’m used to etc.
Getting back to the topic. Unfortunately, you might get an office culture where a group of people gossip about their colleagues. I suppose people would argue that it’s how you define “gossip” such as “it’s just having a nice chat about others” to judging others and even spreading lies / rumours about others. If we define office gossip as judging and telling lies about others, let’s have a look what Yeshua said about these:
We read in Matthew 7: 1-4 that:
1 “Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged.2 For the way you judge others is how you will be judged — the measure with which you measure out will be used to measure to you.3 Why do you see the splinter in your brother’s eye but not notice the log in your own eye?4 How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ when you have the log in your own eye?
In the Torah (God’s Instructions – (Leviticus 19: 11) we read :
11 “‘Do not steal from, defraud or lie to each other.
Also in Proverbs 12:22:
22 Lying lips are an abomination to ADONAI, but those who deal faithfully are his delight.
Thus, gossiping has the potential to cause problems and unhappiness for others. I reckon, if we can’t say something good, it’s better not to say anything at all. You know what I mean? Let’s aim to do everything we do in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).