Stop the Gossip Madness!

OK i hate gossip, i do because half the time they are NOT true- they are done for our pleasure at the cost of others. Lately i've been very careful what comes into my ears and out of my mouth. My new motto is "if it doesn't edify or build me or anyone else, i don't want to see it, hear it or talk about it".  I always tell my kids when they are chatting with friends on the phone or in person, "don't discuss people in a bad way, talk about places, ideas or things." but how easy is it to TELL you kids to do and  not do, when how hard is it for us to apply it in our lives. I am leaning to live by example. One way i am handleling negative talk is through the usage of phone and internet. Today i placed these labels on my phone so we are all reminded of what the Bible says about gossiping or trash talking...

I know you can't see them very well but this is what it says

James 4:11
Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.

Ephesians 4:20
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

These verses are self explanatory. My prayers are that God continues to change our heart, and that through our actions we honor Him first and learn day by day to Love one another just as Jesus loves us.

5 Comment Here:

Laura said...

That's really impressive! It's great to hear of someone that takes what the Bible says so seriously... and it sounds like you're doing a great job with your kids as well.

Kate said...

That's a great idea, girl. I am a fan of sticky notes all over the place to remind me of stuff - never thought of this one though.

Braley Mama said...

What a great idea!
I am going to steal that one.
Great blog!!

Cop Mama said...

What a good idea to use scripture to remind you and your kids about what God thinks of gossip.

I know, it's hard not to give in and gossip. I just try to remember that I don't want people talking about me, so I try not to talk about others.

Nicole said...

My mom used to put scriptures on index cards around our house. By the door, and on the phone too. What a great motto. I dont like gossip but I dont strop anyone from telling me =/ I want to try harder to walk away I am just so nosey! ha. =D