Session 4 Sabotage
Power of the Words We Use.
This weekend continue the series called “Sabotage”. Life is made up of relationships. A life of satisfaction, happiness and peace comes by developing and maintaining healthy relationships. Unfortunately, we all have patterns and behaviors that can harm or sabotage our relationships. Over these 6 weeks we will discover and explore these behaviors and how we can overcome them with simple biblical truths.
Breaking the Ice
What is a word or phrase that you’ve picked up from your spouse or one of your friends?
What kind of hobby do you have that you learned from a friend?
Today, we discover the wisdom of surrounding yourself with the right kind of people.
Read Proverbs 13:20, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.” (NKJV)
These are your inner circle friendships
Look at your inner circle friendships
Do you want to raise your kids like they do?
Do you want to handle your money like they do?
Do you want to become the same type of person they are?
Why is it important to keep some of our friends out of our inner circle?
Here are four behaviors we should avoid in our inner circle friends:
#1) Pride. Read Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (NKJV)
How does pride lead us to become judgmental and arrogant?
How can our friends’ arrogance lead us to become arrogant?
#2) Lies. Read Proverbs 12:22, “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.” (NLT)
Why is telling the truth so important in friendships?
Have you ever gotten caught in a lie? How did it feel?
#3) Gossip. Read Proverbs 11:13, “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.”
Pastor said if a person gossips about others eventually they will gossip about you.
How does gossip harm others?
#4) Drama. Read Proverbs 16:28, “A perverse (wicked) person stirs up conflict (drama), and a gossip separates close friends.” NIV
Do you know anybody like that?
How can we defuse drama in our life?
Remember, your friends determine the quality and the direction of your life.
Which of my friends should be in my inner circle?
Which of them should I keep at arm’s length?
What do I need to do to be an inner circle type friend to others?