Sometimes it is better to leave things alone.
I learned that recently when an issue of gossip cropped up on my radar. Keeping the details sparse, let me just say this:
Things were said about others by others and it got back to them. As it came up at work, I tried to speak into the issue and see if it could be resolved and the outside rumoring stopped. I thought that by going to the source, I could bring resolution.
Yeah that didn't work. Mushroom clouds were fairly obvious and it only created more issues.
I think it's under control now...
But I learned some lessons...
"Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles." Proverbs 21:23
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29
and the best answer of all:
"In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us." Titus 2:7-8
Needless to say, even though I was not involved in the gossip, only trying to bring resolution, I will be seeking to guard my tongue as well.