Teen Talk Fridays: Gossiping

Gossiping: idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others

How many of you have heard of gossiping? Gossiping is a social weapon that many people would use to put-down a person. When a person gossips, it causes a conflict because of something that was false. It is not right to start rumors either. This is the main cause of drama both in and out of school and it can wreck havoc on everyone’s lives.


Here are some real examples from the bible regarding how powerful gossiping can be:


Gossip hurts others

In James 3:1-12, it says the tongue is “a world of evil”, that “corrupts the whole person”. How true these words are! Have you ever been the subject of gossip that has ruined your life? Anyone who has seen the movie Gossip must realize the truth in these words.


Your Tongue is Powerful

In James 3:5, James writes that the tongue is a small part of the body but “it makes great boasts”. We do not realise that this small part of our body can make a heap of difference, especially when it involves talking about someone behind their back.


Ways to talk to people who gossip:

  1. See for yourself if the person is a gossip – if you are just taking someone else’s word that they are, then you’ll never know the truth and will have been wrongly accusing them of gossiping. 


2. Be aware of what you say when you are speaking to them. 


3. Change the subject if you are uncomfortable with what you are discussing.


4. Make sure the friend knows that what you are telling them is private and for no one else to know, if you are intent on sharing personal information with them.


5. Confront and express your feelings to your friend if you have proof they have been gossiping about you.


6. Consider terminating the friendship if the gossiping ensues. 


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