Nazareth Baptist School

Gossip and ridicule have no home at NBS
2013/09/26


30 Days of Prayer
September 26, 2013
Gossip and Ridicule have no Home at NBS
Written by: Fuad Haddad, Former NBS General Director and Board Chairman; Board Member





Value:

Gossip and ridicule have no home at Nazareth Baptist School.

Reference:

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.
Proverbs 18:8

Reflection:

What is gossip?

It is idle chat especially about other people. A gossiper or a whisperer as the Bible calls him is a person who speaks rumors or words and actions intended to evoke contemptuous reaction towards a person or thing. Outwardly it is like morsels but deep inside it hurts.

There are many reasons for gossip. People gossip because they have nothing better to do. Others gossip because they feel better about themselves by putting down other people. Some gossip because of envy, jealousy, curiosity, entertainment, boredom, gaining attention, frustration, satisfaction toward an unattainable desire, inferiority complex or lack of self-esteem. In addition it comes from people who strive to be accepted in a group or wish revenge for a past hurt.

Whatever reasons are given for gossip, nothing good comes out of it. The Bible in Proverbs 11:9 says, "A gossiper could destroy his neighbor". In I Timothy 5:13 "at the same time they (young widows) learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house and not merely idle but also gossip and busy bodies talking about things not proper to mention".

Good ways to stop gossip are a) ignore it; b) show no interest in it, or c) throw a question back to the gossipers: Is it true? Is it necessary" Is it honest? How did Jesus react? What does the Bible say?

How should Nazareth Baptist School cope with gossiping and ridicule among students or staff whenever it exists?

Two approaches are typically used at NBS to marginalize gossip. One, we tackle the problem of boredom and existence of plenty free time; and secondly we teach, promote and demonstrate to the best of our ability ethical-moral values of truth, honesty and respect for others.

The first approach is achieved by high academic standards that also include many extra-curricular activities such as sports, chess, arts, coaching and other tournaments. The second approach is achieved through teaching Christ-honoring values of good behavior and ethical attitudes. The teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ about truth and honesty are emphasized.

Prayer:

Pray for the officials who are dealing with the building permissions for relocation.






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