Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on November 24, 2019:
- SUNDAY: Proverbs 24,
- MONDAY: Proverbs 21,
- TUESDAY: Proverbs 12,
- WEDNESDAY: Proverbs 10,
- THURSDAY: Proverbs 15,
- FRIDAY: Proverbs 20,
- SATURDAY: Proverbs 31,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Guideposts and Guardrails: Wisdom for Healthy Relationships Sermon Title: Controlling My Words Reduces Pain and Grows Relational Health
Delivered On: November 17, 2019
- Reading the Book of Proverbs Guide
- The Proverbs NIV Application Commentary
- God's Wisdom for Navigating Life
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24)
Open your heart to God and allow Him to show you how you use words in your relationships. Ask Him to guide efforts to replace destructive words with words of blessing. Then ask Him to pour wisdom into your heart each morning upon rising, and direct your words for the day. Then praise Him at day’s end for progress, and ask for strength where work is to be done.
Listen closely to the challenge offered in Sunday’s message to track and change your words. Be willing to write down five words or phrases you need to stop using, then commit to stop. Write down another five words or phrases that bless that you already use, and use them more to give health to relationships. Commit to following through daily with each list and track by the end of each day.
Small Group Discussion
Share a relationship where the words used in it have blessed you and continue to.
Now share the opposite, when words used hurt and how you deal/dealt with the effects.
What are some relationships that you observe seem to have healthy communication?
What goes on between the people in these relationships and how do feel when you’re around them?
Read: Proverbs 12:18. How are you at restraining yourself when the urge to say harmful things wells up inside? What do you do?
Read: Proverbs 17:27. Describe your level of understanding about the power of words, how you typically think of it.
Give some examples of when someone (perhaps you) changed their words and it had a great effect on a relationship or situation.
Read: James 3:9-10. Discuss this paradox: same tongue, both praises and curses. How does this work? What should we do about it?
Have you tried and failed to change your words? What happened to block the change?
What will you do differently if you take up the challenge again?