When reviewing the topic of “False Testimony”, I believe one area where lines have been blurred is gossip. If we were to point Proverbs 16:28 out to someone we know who often finds themselves gossiping, I am confident that their response would be one of denial or excuse.
I find in our culture today we excuse everything as if an excuse makes the action better; “I only was venting because I knew they would understand”, “We were only discussing this because…” etc. God is clear, in Galatians 5:17-26, on what life in Him looks like. Any time we are acting against the Spirit we are indulging in the flesh and God clearly states that “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (vs25).
Proverbs 16:28 gets straight to the point, if you are someone who enjoys stirring conflict between two people, His Word calls you perverse. If you are somebody who gossips, His Word is stating that you are the cause of separation between two people.
I implore you, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, ask yourself “Would Christ enjoy or take delight in how I am talking about this person or people?” I can assure you, He does not because in Matthew 12:31, Jesus plainly says “to love your neighbor as yourself”.
Christ did not only come to the world to save it, but to build relationships while He was in it; this alone causes me to pause and think of those around me and how I speak about them to other people.
It is so easy to give our opinion about a person or subject, however, if we truly love the Lord our God, with ALL our hearts, mind and body, then we will begin loving our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers, our colleagues, those in our small group, as ourselves.
Bottom line is, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, then you are to bear HIS testimony. You are called to be HIM to everyone around you and if you are gossiping or slandering others, how can you show them light?
Practice guarding yourself and others in form of conversation with others. Train yourself with the tools in order to speak to others as Christ was standing right next to you. Too many people take this lightly, but it is a powerful thing when looking with the spiritual eye.