A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much. Proverbs 20:19
Several places in scripture we are warned about bad companions, hanging out with fools or those who are angry and hot tempered. But we are also warned to not keep company with those who are gossips. People can tend to become like those who they choose to associate with. Sometimes gossip can be innocent such as through a prayer chain when people begin speculating and add their own twist. May we never be guilty of this.
Woman frequently are known as talking more or being gossipy but it can happen with men has well. If you are around someone who is constantly telling tall tales or talking about someone behind their back, perhaps first try to change the subject or maybe be bold enough to suggest that the conversation needs to go in a different direction.
Don't catch yourself getting self righteous and starting to talk about 'bad people'. Pray and pray hard. Remember according to Romans 3:23 "we all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory."
Just make sure everything you say is said to the glory of God and as if Jesus were right there with you.
PRAYER: Help me to be careful choosing what I say and never be caught gossiping about other people. Help me to keep my nose where it belongs and to only say things that build up. In Jesus' name. Amen.