Yet everyone does it. So what can we do to stop it? When we hear something that isn’t nice or isn’t true, we can end the conversation, change the subject, or stand up for the person others are talking about.
Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.
Ephesians 4:29 (GNT)
On social media, we may encounter a lot of gossip and cyberbullying. But God calls us to be different. When we post on social media, let’s follow the advice of Ephesians 4:29 by being positive and not putting down others. Let’s try our best not to gossip but to set an example by doing what Jesus would do.
PRACTICE BUILDING UP: Gossiping might seem fun in the moment, but it can cause a lot of damage. If you tend to gossip or your friends are intent on putting down others, begin to look for the good in people instead of the bad. Fill a journal with positive traits you see in the people around you. Record things your peers and teachers do that you admire. When gossip begins or whenever you have a conversation with friends, talk about the good you see in people.
Emily Acker [Plover, WI]