There’s something about being straight with people that at least leaves things in the clear. There’s nothing as poisonous as the slow-working effects of gossip. Just passing information about what you heard someone said gets to your system and gets you seeing someone you thought you knew in a different light. Knowing the dangerous effects of it, good sense suggests that rather than taking someone else’s word for it, we go straight to the source so as to protect relationships. Or ‘he said’ and ‘she said’ will end up with good things ending dead.
Gossip is no good! It causes hard feelings and comes between friends. (Proverbs 16:28)