October 10, 2017

My Big Mouth

By: Juliana Jones [Daniels, WV]

One day at school, I gossiped quite loudly about a new girl coming into our class mid-year.

I had known her since we were kids, but all I cared about was getting some attention from my classmates. I thought they would think I was cool if I spread something I knew about my old friend that others didn’t. But seeing the hurt in her eyes made me realize I was being a bully. I would never want anyone to say such mean things about me. How could I wound my old friend this way?

They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance.
Psalm 17:10 (NIV)


I apologized to her and made it clear to the others that what I said was uncool and that they shouldn’t repeat it. Fortunately, the other kids took my lead and befriended her. Since then, I have been very careful not to be the mean loud-mouthed bully ever again.


THINK ABOUT IT: How far will you go to be cool? Spreading rumors about someone is a sign of being a bully. Once those words are out there, it’s hard to get them back. If you’ve hurt someone by gossiping, ask God—and the person you hurt—for forgiveness.


Think About It

How far will you go to be cool? Spreading rumors about someone is a sign of being a bully. Once those words are out there, it’s hard to get them back. If you’ve hurt someone by gossiping, ask God—and the person you hurt—for forgiveness.

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