"Loose Lips Sink Ships"
Idle talk,
malicious chatter,
or rumors
can be incredibly harmful
and very dangerous.
Unfortunately, people with loose lips
don't spend a lot of time getting the facts.
They're usually spreading second or third hand,
toxic, one-sided misinformation.
When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
Proverbs 10:19

A gossiper is a person who has personal, private...
privileged information about people
and proceed to reveal that information to those who

have no business knowing it.


Gossip is distinguished from sharing information 

in two ways:

1. Intent. Gossipers are often struggling with 

their own issues

and they use gossip to shift the focus 

off of what is going on within themselves.

They have the goal of building themselves up

by focusing on and passing along harmful or juicy, 

inaccurate information

on someone else?s shortcomings, 

embarrassments, and/or tragedies;

although, they cannot back up 

their claims with facts.

They tend to enjoy making others look bad 

and exalting themselves as some

kind of repositories of knowledge.

2. The type of information shared

Gossipers speak of the faults

and failings of others, 

or reveal potentially embarrassing or

shameful details regarding the lives of others 

without their knowledge or approval.

Some claim they mean no harm,

but it is still gossip.

Gossip can destroy one's reputation. 


A gossip cannot be a gossip

without someone who is willing to listen.

Try to avoid gossipers.

If you can't avoid them...

find a way to deflect the situation 

or make the gossiper aware

of the harmful nature of what they are saying.

Don't give a chronic gossiper the satisfaction

of imparting information to you.

When they try to gossip change the subject 

or get away from them.


"The words of a gossip are like tasty trifles,
and they go down into the most inmost body."
Proverbs 18:8 

Proverbs 11:13 gives us some straight talk about, loose lips.

"A gossip reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit

conceals a matter."

Let us move away from 

all of the negativity found in gossiping

and focus on something more edifying.

Gossip often disguises itself as
concern for someone else.
Rumors feel more acceptable
if we mask them with noble reasons.
Many times a gossiper seeks to be helpful

or unload a burden.
Anyone who genuinely is concern for another person
will not want to stir up dissension.

Proverbs 20:19,
"He who goes about as a gossip reveals
secrets; Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with
his lips."
Proverbs 26:20, "Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
and where there is no gossip, strife ceases."

Don't let your careless talk help the enemy.

The dangers of revealing too much information are great.

A careless word can create a needless sinking.

It is best to flip the script and change the topic of the 


Otherwise... it's best to walk away

or explain that you are not interested

in hearing that type of talk.

More strife is brought about in peoples lives from 
"Loose lips".


In order to reach the root of our

we will have to deal with our hearts.

Our hearts can harbor sinful attitudes,
causing our lips to speak unprofitable, provoking,
and perverse words.


Think, speak, think.

Simple and minor infractions in the right channels

can create, when blabbed,

major incidents.

Nobody likes leaks.

You have to ask yourself about the repercussions

of being loose lipped.

  Be on guard...

"We fight an enemy that never sleeps."

"Loose lips sink ships"

is an English idiom of American origin

meaning "beware of unguarded talk".

The phrase originated on

propaganda posters during World War II.

"Loose lips sink ships" 

phrase was coined as a slogan during WWII

as part of the US Office of War Informations attempt 

to limit the possibility

of people inadvertently giving useful information 

to enemy spies.

The slogan was actually 'Loose Lips Might Sink Ships.

This was one of several similar slogans 

which all came under the campaigns basic message -

'Careless Talk Costs Lives'.

It is an admonition to avoid careless talk in general.

Don't talk carelessly

because you don't know who is listening.

We must avoid careless talk.

You never know who is going to hear what you say

and how they will use and twist what they hear.

Let us always remember and never forget:

"Loose lips sink ships."

The British equivalent used variations on the phrase

"Keep mum". "Keep mum" means to remain silent,

especially so as not to reveal a secret.


Zip it!

"Be Quiet",

as in

"zip your mouth shut".

We must protect our conversations...

they can be disastrous;

loose talk is direct delivery to the enemy.

The sharp ears of the enemy are always listening

for scraps of information.

If we listen carefully and hold our tongues,

we don't make problems worse

or speak words we regret.

Take note of this reminder: 

Let us stop gossiping!


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