It baffles me that gossip has become such an acceptable part of culture, with no distinction visible between believers and the world. We have somehow come to ignore how strongly God has dealt with gossipers, withholding the Kingdom from them. It has become our ordinary entertainment where few bat an eye, which makes it all the worse.
This sin divides and destroys. But it disguises itself as innocent. What people seem to not understand is your motive doesn’t matter, whether it’s true or not doesn’t matter, whether the person is present or not doesn’t matter. Evil speech remains evil. Yeshua laid out a protocol (Matt 18), but do you know it? Do you always follow it?