When we think ill of someone, it is easy to indiscriminately lump any bad association with that person. And it is worse when something negative is proven to have been done by that person. Then, the floodgates of blame have been opened. The media loves to do this. Once they dig up some dirt on a celebrity, it is open season for all types of allegations. “Yes, he did swindle his business partner. I am sure he cheats on his taxes also. I am sure he cheats on his wife. I am sure he…”
This is nothing but gossip. And gossip says more about your state of heart than any possible travails of the person to whom you directed the accusations. King Saul was insanely jealous of David. It warped his thinking and led him to make rash and improper judgments when David did not show up for dinner at the king’s table.
Nevertheless Saul did not say anything that day, for he thought, “Something has happened to him; he is unclean, surely he is unclean.”
1 Samuel 20:26
Saul succumbed to his own sorry state, living only to malign and destroy David, at any cost. This truth is magnified by this proverb. When one’s life is controlled by ungodly influences, one actively seeks out evil, spreading its venom to all who can hear.
An ungodly man digs up evil, and it is on his lips like a burning fire.
When the urge comes upon you to gossip, stop! Gossip fuels itself and ignites ungodly thoughts within all who hear it.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.