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Assembly theme for the week: The Power of Words (name-calling, gossip).  

Visual aids are fantastic to display this theme – get a tube of toothpaste, squeeze the content out then get a pupil to try and put it back.

Words have great power. God created the world using words--"Let there be light"--and there was light. Human beings also create through words. They produce great novels that move us, and music that warms our hearts. Writers put much thought into the right selection of words so their books or songs will sell.

We listen and communicate words every day that either lift us up or bring us down. Powerful, positive words can offer great healing while negative words contain great destructive power that tears down.

Avoiding gossip is mentioned several times in the bible: Paul advises Timothy, a young leader in the church, to protect what has been entrusted to him by avoiding empty gossip: “Guard what God has entrusted to you. Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge”. (1 Timothy 6:20-21).

Proverbs 11:13 distinguishes between a friend, who can keep secrets, and a gossip, who repeats everything they hear. Proverbs 16:28 and 26:20 add to this definition by showing the results of gossip: Loose lips hurt feelings, separate friends, and fuel arguments. Gossip also points to deeper heart issues such as pride, jealousy, low self-esteem, or a drive to please others.

Prayer to stop gossiping:

Lord,

Grant me greater stewardship of my words, change any negativity into positivity, may I build up instead of pull down, may I be a source of life and hope rather than harm and when talking to others, may I remember that they are made in your image and likeness. Amen

Poem that makes you think:

My name is Gossip.
I have no respect for justice.
I maim without killing.
I break hearts and ruin lives.
I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age.

The more I am quoted the more I am believed.
I flourish at every level of society.
My victims are helpless.
They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face.

To track me down is impossible.
The harder you try, the more elusive I become.
I am nobody's friend.
Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same.
I topple governments and ruin marriages.
I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartache and indigestion.
I spawn suspicion and generate grief.

I make innocent people cry in their pillows.
Even my name hisses.

I AM CALLED GOSSIP.        (Author unknown)

Great advice to avoid gossip:

T--Is it true?

H--Is it helpful?

I--Is it inspiring?

N--Is it necessary?

K--Is it kind?

Perhaps Paul put it best when he said, "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things" (Philippians 4:8). By doing this gossip will be stopped. Let us all strive to use the power of our words for healing.