To convince students that their words matter 2. To illustrate from the Scriptures that gossip is a sin 3. To motivate students to control their tongues. Lots of little games can be played with the tongue. Try out these or another you already know.
Liam told me. Have you ever experienced a conversation like the one above? We feel valued when someone shares something with us that few other people know. Even more, there is power in sharing that secret with others. When the secret is something positive, like a surprise birthday party for someone, it is great fun for everyone. But when secrets tear people down instead of building them up, the results can be devastating. And instead of building healthy friendships, we end up gossiping about someone else just so we can be accepted.
In the Bible, James talks about how difficult it is to tame the tongue. This topic is especially pertinent for teens since they can easily become tempted to gossip with friends. Prepare questions and activities that will teach youth valuable lessons about self-control. Young people need to understand that speaking hurtful words can have devastating consequences, which can be avoided by speaking with restraint. Give each teen a piece of chewing gum or candy.
Line the students up. Give the first student in line a prompt to act out for the next person in line to guess by using motions and the provided props—but no words. While the first student acts out the prompt, everyone except the next person in line has to close their eyes.