Mar 1: Service and Encouragement
This week we talked about serving and encouraging others.
Jesus set the example for us by coming not to be served but to serve others (Mark 10:45). Perhaps the most clear example of this in when Jesus washed the disciples feet. (John 13:12-17)
A few other things we talked about related to serving others:
It is important to use the things that God has created us to be good at to serve others (1 Peter 4:10)
And looking for ways to serve the marginalized and people with needs that go unmet (James 1:27)
We also talked about the power of our words. We used the example of a bucket of water. Either the things we say fill someones bucket (make them feel encouraged, uplifted, better about themselves) or the things we say drain someones bucket (make them feel bad, like the don’t measure up, worthless).
It is really important for us to make sure that the words we say build each other up (Ephesians 4:29).
This music video “Speak Life” by Toby Mac really makes this point well….
Proverbs 12:18-22 (NIV)
18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 Truthful lips endure forever,
but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,
but those who promote peace have joy.
21 No harm overtakes the righteous,
but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
22 The Lord detests lying lips,
but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
Proverbs 12:18-22 Questions:
- How can our words pierce like swords? (Angry words can hurt people’s feelings.)
- How can our words bring healing? (We can say kind things to each other. We can speak scripture to each other as a way of healing.)
- What are the dangers of telling lies? (When we tell lies we may become so entangled in our lies that we do cannot remember all of our lies and we fall flat.
- What kind of life might we have if we tell the truth? (A life that pleases God. A simple life. A happy life because we don’t have anything to hide.)
- Why should we think before we speak? (So we don’t say something that we might regret later.)
- What can we do when we are angry and tempted to say something unkind? (We can just leave the conversation for a while until we feel calm and then talk to whoever we are angry with.)
- What is something that you can say today to others to encourage them? (any compliment or scripture.)
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