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As an empowered Christian woman, do you struggle with gossiping?

Does getting and giving the 411 on others’ bad news somehow make you feel better?

A 2012 University of California, Berkeley study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggested gossip makes the gossiper feel better.

Based on four different experiments and findings from hundreds of volunteers, the study’s co-author and social psychologist, Robb Willer, said, “Spreading information about the person whom they had seen behave badly tended to make people feel better, quieting the frustration that drove their gossip.”

But the Bible warns against any enjoyment of the calamity or misfortune of others, even those considered our enemies.

Proverbs 24:17 tells us, “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice.”

So then, spreading negativity about someone else goes against the word of God. Why then, do so many professing Christians do it anyway?

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