GUIDESHEET FOR 8-11-19
Get Free and Stay Free! How Salvation Really Works
#9 – Speak Well of Others
Think about life:
- In the home you grew up in, what was the primary emphasis – building people up or tearing people down?
- When you’re in conversation with people, what percentage of information shared about those not present is aimed at lowering that person’s reputation? Building up that person’s reputation?
- Have you been the victim of gossip or slander? What effect did it have on you and how did you react?
Read Exodus 20:16 and Deut. 19:16-19
- What is God trying to protect His people against as they construct a community as newly freed slaves? What are the instructions in Deuteronomy designed to accomplish?
- What can be the ramifications when people lie in court?
- In Deut. 19:17 the examination of the potentially malicious witness is conducted in whose presence? Why is this important?
- Read 2 Cor. 13:7-10
- Paul is dealing with a church discipline situation in the church in Corinth. What does Paul want to avoid?
- What does Paul say is his goal in using his God-given authority?
- Name the people who have authority in your life. What would it look like if they used their authority to strengthen you and build you up?
- Name the people over whom you have authority. What would it look like for you to use your authority to strengthen and build them up?
- Are there some relationships in which you need to seek forgiveness for how you used your words?
- When you must engage in a difficult conversation, what can help you use your words to build up rather than tear down?
Scripture readings: Ex. 20:16; Deut. 19:16-19; Phil. 4:8-9; Eph. 4:25; Prov. 15:4