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Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17
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empathy

This week, we have explored honoring God through our interactions with one another. Relationships are hard; we already know this. The writers of the Scriptures, inspired by God, knew this also. Bible verses abound that continually remind us about our behavior toward one another.

In this week’s verses, Paul has reminded us to maintain the unity of the Spirit by constantly having an attitude toward one another that is full of humility, gentleness, patience, and love.

Below, let’s take some time and reflect on ways we can grow in our walk with the Lord, as it relates to our reading for this week.

willingness to enter another's perspective

  • What does it currently mean in your life to walk with humility?
  • Is there a current relationship or situation that is particularly challenging in terms of humility?
  • Are there changes you need to make in your attitude or in your life that will lead to a more openness in your relationship with others whose ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds are different from your own?

choosing to believe the best

  • Lately, how have you handled negativity in words and actions hurled at you?
  • Are you struggling with an inability to forgive in any situation right now? Is there anyone that you can reach out to (personally or professionally) and talk through the hurts and challenges of your situation?
  • Moving forward, in what practical ways can you be intentional about further cultivating an attitude of gentleness in your life?

making time when there is none

  • In what ways can your patience be built up?
  • Has work “piled up” and prevented you from nurturing some of your close relationships? Are there changes you need to make in your schedule that will allow for this?
  • In what ways are you practicing self-care, making time to tend to your own well-being?

killing gossip and slander

  • Lately, how have you been responding to gossip? Have you noticed that you listen more readily? Do you nip it in the bud as soon as someone starts?
  • In what ways have you felt the negative effects of gossip in your own circle?
  • Moving forward, what is one thing you can do to help promote unity at work, at church, or at home?

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Take time to pray over the questions and answers above and ask God to help you see the places in your life where you should lead with more humility, patience, and empathy.

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