Our Sunday school topic for today
focuses on the importance of realizing that words spoken cannot be retrieved; and sometimes, when we arenot letting the Holy Spirit take control in our life, we give in to the evil of gossip.
Ask the students - Do you remember when you were a small child your parents would pick up a bottle of poison and show you the picture of a skull and cross bones? They taught you that that sign was a sign of poison. They warned you not to touch it, because it could kill you.
Ask the students - Do you remember when you were a child and said something naughty, how your mother would take you to the bathroom and wash your mouth out with soap? The next time, before you said that same thing, you would remember the soap, and stop before you spoke, wouldn't you? Your mother was trying to teach you to control your tongue. But did she?
Gossip is damaging. I know that words spoken cannot be retrieved; yet, sometimes, when I am not letting the Holy Spirit take control in my life, I give in to the evil of gossip. It is tempting to sit and have a gabfest with a friend, exchanging juicy bits of information—which may even be true—to the detriment of your target. But, has the shoe ever been on the other foot? Have YOU been the target of someone else's gossip? It hurts doesn't it?
How can you keep from hurting other people with words?
What does the Bible say?
Describe the joy and personal reward of humble dedication - the
Challenge students to serve others in humility this week
Bring some examples of gossip you have heard during the week. (Don't include names!)
James 3:5-6: Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth…And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so iS the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”
Oh Lord, I do ask that You’ll give me today
Only words that are gentle and kind.
May Thy grace be reflected in things that I say:
Love, Joy, Peace, and Wisdom combined.