"Mare, wag mo sabihin sa kin galing ha. Alam mo ba ...?" (Friend, don't tell anyone you got this from me. Do you know that...?).
Being closely knit to our family and community, we Filipinos tend to talk about anything and everything. It doesn't matter if it is in the rural villages, or posh communities, among poor folks or the high society, you will find men and women, either mixed or separated by gender, of varying ages, congregating together, and gossiping. We may use terms that are inherent to the group but it all boils down to one thing: we love to gossip.
And so the stories about our lives are transferred from one person to another. Either shared out of concern, for pure entertainment or unfortunately, with malicious aim. But whatever the intention, gossiping is a sin. It is never harmless. There is no way to go around it. Though guilty people often argue that it is one of the lesser sins, the Scriptures are clear that it is counted among sins like murder, disobedience, wickedness, etc. Remember that anything that is not pleasing to a holy God is sinful.
Keep in mind what is commanded in Ephesians 4: 29 : "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."(NIV)
Do not gossip and you will glorify God.