“A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
As moms, we have the privilege of pouring scripture and application into our children. I like to take advantage of times we have together, like at meals, while traveling, or bedtime to make the most of teaching opportunities. This daily time allows me to invest in my children.
Gossip can stir up anger. Do you and your children really practice God’s guidelines for controlling the tongue?
Here’s a scenario you can role-play with your children to teach them that we are not to act as we feel, but as God teaches us.
Let’s say Sarah comes up to your daughter to talk about Cindy. Cindy is actually quite annoying and , in fact, your daughter has shared with you how difficult it is to be around Cindy. Ask your daughter what is the right thing to do in this situation–according to God’s standards.
Scripture teaches us that we are to be peacemakers. That means controlling our tongue, showing kindness to all, and even looking for good in another and pointing it out to others. One response in the above situation might be for your daughter not to engage in conversation about Cindy. Another response might be for her to remember that God loves Cindy as much as he loves Sarah and herself. Look for good in Cindy and mention that good in front of others. God wants us to be a peacemaker.
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