Don't believe everything you hear! Instead, be skeptical when you hear scandalous information about someone. A woman in North Dakota committed suicide because the gossip around town said that her husband was having an affair. The facts came out later that the rumor wasn't true, but the damage had already been done.
Before you believe questionable tidbits about someone, make sure you verify the information with two other sources. Second Corinthians 13:1 says, "Every fact is to be confirmed by the testimony of two or three witnesses." This is a Scriptural safeguard to keep false accusations from destroying a person's reputation.
The next time someone tries to tell you gossip, just remember that the person who gossips to you, will also gossip about you!
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