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Gossip is so subtle it can just sneak up on you before you know you’re even doing it. So shut your big fat mouth!
- Gossip hurts more people than you think.
- Gossip hurts the person it’s spoken about. (Proverbs 16:28.)
- Gossip hurts the person who’s listening. (Proverbs 17:4.)
- Gossip hurts the person who’s talking. (Proverbs 25:9-10.)
- Only you can shut down gossip. Guard your ears, shut your mouth, and open your heart.
Proverbs 16:28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.
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Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- Share a time when someone gossiped about you and how it made you feel.
- Read Proverbs 18:8 and share why you think gossip is so enjoyable.
- Read Proverbs 16:28 and share all the ways that gossip hurts relationships.
- Share your ideas about Craig Groeschel’s quote, “What you permit, you promote.”
- Share some reasons why you think people gossip.
- Explain why you think the question,“Why are you telling me this?” is so powerful in stopping gossip.
- Why do you think Proverbs 20:19 tells us to avoid people who gossip?
- Read Proverbs 21:23 and share why you think that God tells us to shut our mouths and not gossip.
- Read Zephaniah 3:17 and answer the question, “How do you find approval, love, and acceptance in a way that doesn’t hurt so many people?”
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
This is part of the My Big Fat Mouth series. Click here for sermon resources.