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It’s easy to point out when someone else is doing everything wrong - but it hurts when we’re on the receiving end of criticism. So shut your big fat mouth!

Key Points:

  • Our words have the power to bring life or death. Proverbs 18:21
  • A critical spirit destroys relationships. Galatians 5:14-15
  • The antidote to a critical spirit is a changed heart. Luke 6:45

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Galatians 5:14-15 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.

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Small Group Questions
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Talk about a time when you were criticized. How did it feel?
  3. Read Proverbs 18:21 What do you think of Solomon’s description of the power of the tongue?
  4. Why do you think it so easy to be critical of others?
  5. How would you define a “critical spirit”?
  6. Read Galatians 5:14-15. What are some of the ways that a critical spirit can destroy relationships?
  7. Why do you think it is easier to criticize than to build up?
  8. Who are you most critical of? What could your criticism be destroying?
  9. Read Luke 6:45. Why do you think Jesus means when he says “what you say flows from what is in your heart?
  10. Read Romans 15:13. Instead of being critical, what would it look like if each day your words overflowed with hope from the Holy Spirit? Have you experienced that?
  11. How can you be less critical in your closest relationships? What obstacles will you face? How will you go about it?
  12. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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