I'm not saying that we shouldn't keep quiet gossips that people have spoken about other people..... I am talking about absolute omission (of important things) out of meanness of spirit.
Isn’t it our nature to think of sin as something we do wrong? We have a list of things whether mental or written, that are wrong. Don’t lie, don’t steal, don’t kill, don’t watch X-rated movies, don’t drink liquor. Would you say all of these are sin? If we don’t do these things, then we are all right. But I want you to notice what the Word of God says in James 4:17. The sin of failing to do what we ought to do. There are all kinds of sins. There are moral sins of the flesh, ethical sins of the conduct, spiritual sins of pride, sin of prejudice but the greatest sin, believe it or not, are none of these. It is the sin of omission. Now before you turn me out listen. All the other sins come about because of the sin of omission. Because the sin of omission is failing to do what you ought to do. No man can do two things at one time. So a man doing what he ought to do cannot do what he ought not to do. For a man that knows to do good and does it not, to him it is sin.
James 4:17 17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.
Luke 16:10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
I thought this was interesting when looking up the meaning of crossing one's fingers behind their back during a conversation: To keep your fingers crossed secretly when you tell a lie absolves you from any responsibility for that lie.