- Personally, what offends you the easiest/fastest in life?
- Where do you fall on the spectrum of political correctness?
- When was a time you were easily offended by someone else’s words? When was a time when someone else’s words easily offended you?
- Do you feel like you use your words for the good of God? Why or why not?
- What does it mean to you to put salt on your words?
- What can you do this week to live the right life instead of focusing on the right words?
When you are tempted to feel offended or easily angered, read through these verses to find what God says about it:
- Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing. Proverbs 12:18
- Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. Colossians 4:6
- Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6
- Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19
- I tell you that on the day of judgement people will have to account for every careless word they speak. Matthew 12:36
Questions to ask yourself when it comes to your words:
- Are my words careless?
- Have I been quick to listen and slow to speak?
- Do my words bring healing?
- Are my words considered gracious and attractive?
Make The Change
- Extend grace: Stop being so easily offended by extending grace when you normally wouldn’t have.
- Live the right life: What can you do this week to live the right life instead of focusing on the right words?
- Think before you speak: Ask yourself the questions above before you speak.
- Salt: Use your words for the good of God.