You may think it to be harmless to slander a person's character, as long she is not present. After all, the venomous talk was only between you and your friend. The Lord hears and he knows the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
On the flip-side...
We always think we need to know the details of gossip when it is about us. We demand to know who said it, what was said, and to whom.
Today I learned from the Bible, in Numbers 12, that it is not necessary for me to know about the idle talk, rumors, or vicious unconstrained conversations about me; God will take care of it.
If you believe in God and you are listening to His voice, He will prick your conscience because you are His child. Like little seedlings, you must grow to be like Him. Warning: The Lord will deal with you swiftly if you believe in Him and you are a partaker of gossip; either enjoying every morsel as you gobble up each detail,
or if you are the one gabbing in the echoing church, outside the Ladies' room or in the drug store. The Lord will deal with you and your run-away tongue because...
He wants to sharpen your conscience (sometimes this happens harshly to teach the lesson).
Sometimes what you dish out will be served back to you, to teach you to become more like Jesus.
Moses did not even know he was being cruelly dishonored by his siblings. He was occupied in service for the Lord. It was the Lord who intervened for him. The Lord's punishment was severe, but after the learning there was mercy. I have heard that, Humble Pie goes down good with a cup of grace. Blessings, Kathi
"...One day Miriam and Aaron were criticizing Moses...the Lord heard them...Immediately he summoned Moses, Aaron and Miriam to the Tabernacle..." Please read this for yourself in the Bible. The name of the book is Numbers and the chapter is 12