October 9, 2017

The Trouble With Gossip

By: Alison Vaughan [Marietta, GA]

Not long ago, I was taking a picture with my friend’s phone when someone texted her

in response to a not-exactly-nice conversation about me. I’m sure I’m not the only one who knows how much that hurts. I felt angry and lonely and hurt all at once, and I didn’t know where to turn.

“God’s love can always be trusted, and his faithfulness lasts as long as the heavens.”
Psalm 89:2b (CEV)

We often think of friendship as unbounding loyalty and zero animosity, but that unrealistic ideal makes the fall harder when we discover that our friends aren’t perfect. Gossip can stir up doubts within us—doubts about our friendships and ourselves; and we may be left feeling betrayed and all alone. Yet the great thing about who we are and what we believe is that we’re never alone! I know it hurts when friends gossip about us; but God loves us for who we are, and God is always there for us.

JOURNAL: Write about a time when your relationship with God gave you strength to repair a friendship or courage to move on after losing a friend.

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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