We begin each session with a song or encouraging verse, discuss some relevant questions, and end with a time for prayer requests. After the meeting, we usually spend time catching up on what has happened during the week; but this conversation often turns into a time of gossiping about people in our classes or at work. Sometimes, we get caught up in laughing about others or trying to top the latest rumor. We have to remind one another that we are supposed to love others, even our enemies.
Do you want to live and enjoy a long life? Then don’t say cruel things and don’t tell lies.
Psalm 34:12b–13 (CEV)
Since gossip seems to be a constant battle for us, we agreed to try holding one another accountable. But when the gossip still didn’t end, a few of my friends and I decided to stop attending the Bible study for several weeks. We did not want to participate in or to support such behavior.
REFLECT: When have you participated in gossip? Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. How would you feel if you were the subject of gossip? When has a friend helped you to break the habit? What are some ways you can stop the gossip? How will you try to turn gossip into something positive?