Spring Cleaning Part 5 “Getting Rid of Gossip”

Part 6 Getting Rid of Gossip

How is God involved in the spiritual ________________ process so that these sins are not ____________________ factors in our lives?

Right or wrong, the word “gossip” is most often associated with ________________.

Gossip is _________  ___________ or  ____________, especially about the personal or private affairs of others.

Gossip can be absolutely ____________ and yet still absolutely _________________.

Sticks and stones can break my bones but words are more likely to ____________ my life.

God has much to say about ____________.


16 “‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people.

“‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the Lord.

 Proverbs 20:19

19 A gossip betrays a confidence;
so avoid anyone who talks too much.

James 1:26 

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

One of gossip’s most alluring qualities is its __________________.

  Proverbs 18:7-8

The mouths of fools are their undoing,     and their lips are a snare to their very lives.

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;     they go down to the inmost parts.

How do we get rid of gossip?

Ephesians 4:29

29 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.

1.  Understand that getting rid of gossip is a ________________.

            The word “corrupt” also means _____________ or    ____________________.

We can’t just say __________________.

The key to getting rid of gossip is replacing the corrupt words with words that are ____________ and _________________.

1.  Good words are a God-given ___________________.

            If you can cultivate the discipline of ________________          words, you will not lack friends or influence.

            You can’t ____________ the tongue but God can        _______________ the tongue.

James 3:8

but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

            What ends up as words starts in the _____________.

Luke 6:45

45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

            If gossip controls your life, it is very likely that Jesus       does ____________.

2.  Good words bring ______________ to the hearer.

            1.  When you notice gossip, stop _________________.

            2.  Think very carefully before you speak             __________________ of any person.

            3.  Point the ______________ back to the ______________.

            4.  Pray _________________ for those you know are in           trouble.