People aren't the problem. No matter what is going on, people aren't the problem. When we start blaming people we lose our focus on what is really going on.
The above verse is found in the middle of Joseph's story in Genesis. They are the words of his father, a father who had believed his beloved son Joseph had been dead for 13 years. His brothers got rid of Joseph all those years ago because they were jealous of him. They were jealous of their father's love for them. In their jealousy, they thought if they got rid of Joseph then all would be well. They wouldn't have to deal with the favored child. The favored child wouldn't be the center of attention. Life would be good when they got rid of their little brother.
I'm pretty sure it backfired on them. I am guessing their father talked about Joseph more when he was gone than when he was around. He grieved for him. They no longer had to just deal with their jealousy. They now had to deal with their guilt, their father's pain which they caused and the lies they told. And the lies most likely got bigger and bigger because the father would have grilled them with questions most likely.
Initially, when the brothers sold Joseph into slavery, it was Judah's idea. In Genesis 37:26-27 Judah says to his brothers, "What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him"
A few chapters later (and more than a decade later), right before they find out Joseph is alive, Judah offers his own life for Benjamin, Joseph's brother, his father's youngest son; first, to his own father if Judah doesn't bring Benjamin back from Egypt; second, to Joseph himself when Joseph (who hasn't yet told the brothers he is Joseph) says he will keep Benjamin as his slave. I
What prompted Judah's decision to give his life for Benjamin? I am guessing it was his hand in selling Joseph. Think of the pain and guilt this man had ever since he sold his younger brother.
People aren't the problem! Scripture tells us "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places."
If the enemy can get us to focus on people as the problem, most of the battle is already won for him. We lose. The people we are blaming lose. The only one who isn't losing in this kind of situation is the enemy.
So when we blame people, when we gossip about them, when we judge them we are doing the enemy's work for him. He's powerful enough. He doesn't need our help.
Love others. Pray for them. Communicate and show them Jesus.