Two ways of dealing with gossip
One will harm you and the other will do you good:
Giving to your feelings. This, as you might have guessed, is the one that will harm you. When you feel sad, this means that what people said about you managed to hurt you and, as a consequence, you isolate yourself. When you get angry, you want revenge – and this is exactly what gossipers want. When you feel hard done by, you find yourself on the defensive and looking for a listening ear, and you end up doing the same thing the other person did to you.
Rejoicing. The Lord Jesus said that we are blessed when we are criticized or slandered. So, rejoice! Of course you will not jump for joy every time someone speaks ill of you, but this is a sign that you are blessed and that you are probably much envied by the gossiper.
To be of God is to be above what you feel. It is to trust in the unseen and in the unbelievable; it’s to believe that everything works for good to those who love God. Look at how God deals with it:
“For those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.” 1 Samuel 2:30
In other words… ignore those who despise you. We don’t need to respond to every criticism or snide remarks about us; instead, we should ignore them for our own good.
“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.”