Galatians 5:13-15; Ephesians 4:29-32; Romans 12:3; Galatians 5:22-23; Judges 8:1-3; 1 Peter 3:9
1. Read Ephesians 4:29-32. How do we “grieve the Holy Spirit” when we disagree in unhealthy ways? Why do you think God cares so passionately about this subject?
2. Read Galatians 5:13-15. Do you struggle with disagreement? Have you found yourself in situations where the disagreement was so unhealthy that people would “bite and devour” each other like Paul mentions in the Scripture passage? How do you feel about those moments as you look back?
3. Read Romans 12:3. How does a strong dose of humility, as mentioned in this Scripture passage, help you prepare for a potential disagreement with someone? How does an honest self-assessment help you better asses the conflicts in your life?
4. Read 1 Peter 3:9 and Judges 8:1-3. Looking at both these passages, how did Gideon practice the principles mentioned in 1 Peter? How did it calm the situation? What can you learn from Peter’s advice and Gideon’s example for your own life and how you disagree with others?
5. How can we disagree with someone’s position while still loving them? How can we discuss and debate ideas without demeaning actual people? What safeguards can we put into our lives to avoid the trap of demeaning other individuals?
Read Galatians 5:22-23. Think about a personal belief you hold dear (religious, political, social, etc.). Can you imagine how someone else would have a different opinion than you? Why or why not? How would you approach a discussion with this person on this subject?