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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!

Key Points:

  • 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.

Quote This:

Proverbs 16:28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Share a time when someone gossiped about you and how it made you feel.
  3. Read Proverbs 18:8 and share why you think gossip is so enjoyable.
  4. Read Proverbs 16:28 and share all the ways that gossip hurts relationships.
  5. Share your ideas about Craig Groeschel’s quote, “What you permit, you promote.”  
  6. Share some reasons why you think people gossip.
  7. Explain why you think the question,“Why are you telling me this?” is so powerful in stopping gossip.
  8. Why do you think Proverbs 20:19 tells us to avoid people who gossip?
  9. Read Proverbs 21:23 and share why you think that God tells us to shut our mouths and not gossip.
  10. 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?”
  11. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

This is part of the My Big Fat Mouth series. Click here for sermon resources.