When you factor God into any equation, it always changes the outcome. Now that will either freak us out or cause us to shout. Either way it should make us stop and consider...how is God with what I'm doing? And one of the most important measures is how we're talking about other people.
We get this! The accident at the corner had only witnesses that were in the other car or bystanders who didn't see it but made assumptions. A version of the story was told but the whole truth was left out. We not only get this...we've done it. We've given a slant on a person or an issue for our own sake. And we've had things said of us or told about us that just weren't true. That hurts. But add God to the equation of life and in time it will all get sorted out. We don't like delayed anything, but delayed truth makes those snap judgements, broad brushings, and repeated falsities, that we've all been on the receiving end of, completely tolerable...even peaceful at a soul level.
So here's the goal. There's enough real trouble in this world and leaning into truth, and avoiding stretching anything, is good for our soul. We can't let our own insecurities twist the truth for our perceived benefit, the cost is too high in the end. We can't dish up dirt or we'll inevitably be throwing around some truth but also some shovels full of lies, and we'll wind up standing in the pit we dig.
We've all done all this, but we're not slaves to it. So we put our hands to the plow of hope. We gossip the good news of life in Christ, speak the truth in love, and let praise be continually in our mouth.
Proverbs 19:5 ESV
A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.