A company of ladies met at a minister's house. As he entered the room, he heard them speaking of an absent friend.
"She's very odd!" said one. "She's very singular," said another. "Do you know she often does so and so?" said another, mentioning certain things to her discredit.
The minister asked who it was. When told, he said, "Oh, yes, you are quite right. She is odd. She is singular. Why, would you believe it?" he added. "She was never known to speak ill of an absent friend!"
- Sunday School Times. (moreillustrations.com)
“Whoever gossips to you will gossip of you.” - Author Unknown.
Pro 26:20 (NLT): “Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.”
“If any speak ill of thee, fly home to thy own conscience and examine thy heart. If thou art guilty, it is a just correction; if not guilty, it is a fair instruction.” - George Herbert.