"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other."
Gossip and back biting is prevalent in society to a large extent. In the Christian community it is no different. We judge and choose who to saddle up next to and who to avoid. We bad mouth whomever we choose to without a single thought of how this might line up with scripture. Well here you go ... we are to love one another. Love is defined in 1 Corinthians 13. Have a look. It is not a romantic love, it is an patient, kind, forgiving, abiding love. We are to seek selfless behavior and yet behave selfishly. I am not pointing fingers; as the comical refrain goes, "I resemble that remark."
What must we do to avoid such behavior? I believe that the closer we get to God the less likely we will do those things which are contrary to His word. God knows we aren't perfect; no one is this side of heaven. But the tools to behave in a way that honors Him and is most beneficial to us is right in front of us and we are many times too lazy to pick it up and read it. I know I am. We dupe ourselves into thinking we know all we need to know, when in truth we really don't know much of anything. We need to surrender to God our wills so that we can become all He desires for us to be for Him. It is not all about "ME".
WALK WITH THE KING AND BE A BLESSING!!