James 3-5, 10-11 Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt (bitter) water flow from the same spring?
Prov 15:4 tells us that the tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. It is easy to forget or not even notice the harm we do when we 'share' information with others. I have noticed that those that whisper in a crowd usually are not edifying the body of Christ.
Ps 39:1 I said, "I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence."
One of the most difficult things I have tried to learn is when to keep my mouth shut and when to speak. It is not easy to discern the wisdom of silence and the wisdom of instruction. I have learned one of the best ways for me to handle gossip is to simply walk away or change the subject completely.
While in a charge position at work, I placed a sticky note directly in front of me. It simply said, "EOMS". It definitely drew a lot of attention. Until the workers around my desk became accustomed to seeing it there, I had to explain it repeatedly. It simply means 'ears open, mouth shut'. It drew laughs as well as nods of understanding. I learn a lot more if I listen and don't speak.
We are encouraged to love the Lord with all our hearts and minds and spirits. I would add one more thing to that. Love Him with our lips. Praise Him. His Word gives us eternal life. Give Him eternal praise.