25 Ways to Win with People, Lesson #7
by John Maxwell and Les Parrott, PH.D.
Good Questions by Josh Hunt
These kind of questions (except with more Bible verses!) are available every week for you to use during your Bible study time. Lessons correspond with three of Lifeway's series. I have been doing this for years and more than 2000 lesson are available with new ones added each week. See www.joshhunt.com/sunday-school.htm for details.
The wrong words said at the wrong time discourage me
The wrong words said at the right time frustrate me
The right words said at the wrong time confuse me
The right words said at the right time encourage me.
Can you think of an example of each of these? Who has a story?
1. Pr 12:18 Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. NIV
Pr 16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. NIV
Pr 12:25 An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. NIV
Pr 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. NIV
Pr 15:23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply-- and how good is a timely word! NIV
Pr 25:11 A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. NIV
2. I was reminded of this passage yesterday in a John Ortberg sermon. This is when Job's friends were at their best: "Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was."
Job 2:13 (NIV)
3. When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. Prov 10:19 (NIV)
Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue. Prov 17:28 (NIV)