“The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; and they have gone down into the person’s innermost being.”
Words matter. What we choose to listen to, and revel in, affects who we are. They become a part of us, for good or ill. As always, evil has its initial appeal.
Never speak ill of anyone. We know that’s right, even if it’s practiced more in the breach. But never listen to anyone speak ill of another. That takes it to a whole new level!