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.