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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Teen Tuesday: Gossip

Written by a Grace Baptist Church Teen
People are going to talk; there is nothing we can do about that! We cannot live our lives in defense trying to correct anything others may have said about us, but we can live in such a way that if someone spoke negatively of us – no one would believe it.
There are teenage aspects of life that never really go away. Some people love the “he said, she said” drama, and never grow past all of that.
Rise above it! Even as a teen, you can save yourself from so much trouble if you don’t get mixed up in bad-mouthing others. If it is not kind, it usually does not need to be said. (online or in person)

Ephesians 4:29 says  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

The word “edify” in this verse means to build.  God wants us to use our words to build others up.  Jesus went about using his words to build his disciples and followers.  This verse also says our words should give grace to the hearers.  The Bible has many things to say about our words being kind. 
When someone gossips about you, you have a choice to make.  Do you treat that person the way that they treated you?  Do you stoop to their level, or do you take the “high road?”  Treat others with kindness when they do you wrong, and your kindness will be returned to you.  Live and speak in such a way that when people speak negatively about you, no one will believe them.

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