Theology Outline: GOSSIP
A. Thesis: Gossip is a hurtful and sinful act that would occur less often if people knew and understood exactly what it is and the toll it took on the people being gossiped about B. What is gossip?
i. The act of talking about others without their knowledge in a negative sense ii. Brings people down
iii. Hurtful, wring, and sinful
C. Who is affected by gossip
i. Everyone has experienced and been on both sides of gossip D. What is the result of gossip
i. People always end up hurt
ii. Nothing positive stems from gossip
E. What does God say about gossip?
i. Refer to Proverbs 1:29-31 in Bible
II. What makes gossip so harmful
A. It is hurtful. Plain and simple.
B. Nothing positive comes from it
C. Relationships are lost because of it
D. It takes away from the truth and faith on which friendships are built on E. Most of the time gossip spread has little to no truth to it F. We should want to build others up instead of tear them down G. It makes others feel awful about themselves
III. What does God have to say about it
A. God sees gossip as sinful
B. Proverbs 16:28 says, “A perverse person stirs up conflict.” C. Yet Proverbs 16:24 says, “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” D. Proverbs 16:23 says, “The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction E. God urges us to use our faith as a guideline and reference to lead our lives by i. We should be living our lives as lights unto others
ii. We must be examples ourselves for others to want to live their lives for Christ iii. We are called to love thy neighbor
IV. How can we keep away from gossip
A. Remember who we live for and what He expects of us
B. Surround yourself with people you know will build you and others up C. Remember how you have felt in the past when you learned you were the subject of gossip D. Follow our Lord’s commandment to love one another
E. Be the change you want to...
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