Episode 72: Wise and Gentle Dialogue
Let’s be humble enough to recognize our own biases. The other side can also be well-thought-out; we may have something to learn from them. Read and study those who you disagree with. Let’s find ways to have constructive and instructive dialogue rather than debates where the loudest win.”
Open in Prayer
- Sing a song or songs about the unity we have in Christ (The Churches One Foundation, Cornerstone, Christ Our Hope In Life and Death)
- Read John 13:35 and discuss why is it important that we love one another?
Icebreaker Question: Share the last time you were had a conflict with someone. What happened? What could you have done better to have avoided this?
Key Verse: Proverbs 24:23-26
Partiality in judging is not good.
Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,”
will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations,
but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,
and a good blessing will come upon them.
Whoever gives an honest answer
kisses the lips. (ESV)
Key Idea: We ought to be humble, honest, and loving as we interact with one another.
- Can you think of a time where you played favorites with friends?
- Have you ever exaggerated something so that you can get your way or so that others will think better of you?
- In the above two situations, how can we be more honest? What would be the result?
Spend time in prayer as a family
- For the children in our church family – That they will know how important it is to always be honest in our speech.
- For the parents in our church family – That they may be thoughtful, loving, gracious, and honest in their speech, especially over current hot topics.
- For our church family – That we may continue to seek unity even when we don’t see eye to eye on an issue.