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Session 7

What happens when we stop fighting back

Read: 2 Timothy 2:20-26

We all bump into each other in life. Others’ actions disrupt our plans, shake our resolve, or send our days in a direction we didn’t expect. Sometimes, the bump comes in the grocery store check-out line when the person ahead of us has a full cart and a coupon for each item.  Sometimes, the bump is a near miss on the highway when someone cuts us off during rush hour.

Sin and selfishness are often our default response to the bumps in life. Our own rough edges, caused by our sinful nature, makes those bumps extra painful, scarring to those we bump into. But Jesus has a better way.

When God saves us, He has a plan in mind that will be for our good, His glory, and for reaching others who need Him. God’s plan will involve us turning from the common ways in which everyone else in the world handles things, and pursuing God’s ways of righteousness, love, and peace with others. God wants to cleanse us of our sinfulness so we can be used for His special purpose (2 Timothy 2:21).

Being argumentative has no place among God’s people; kindness to everyone is His way (2 Timothy 2:24). It isn’t easy to walk away from someone who has bumped into us. Hurting back with our own barbs is the natural response. But God wants to use us to do the supernatural. Only His love flowing through us can stop the common response of returning a wrong for wrong.

When we react differently from the normal rough and punishing ways of the world, people get a glimpse of Jesus. By surrendering our ways to God, we become a soft place to land for those hurting from the world’s bumps and bruises.

Reflect:

  • Is there a rough area in your life that needs to be sanded off by God?
  • What’s one step you could take this week to respond more like Jesus?
  • Changes in behavior start with a change of heart. Is there a verse or promise in the Bible that relates to the rough area you’re hoping to change? Try keeping that verse on your phone and repeating it yourself when you feel your old ways creeping back in.

1

Who does God say you are?

Who does God say you are?

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2

Worry less about being able and focus more on being available

Worry less about being able and focus more on being available

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3

What to do when everyone has an opinion about group

What to do when everyone has an opinion about group

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4

You can be patient, even when you don’t feel like it

You can be patient, even when you don’t feel like it

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5

Stop trying to do it all

Stop trying to do it all

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6

Why it’s important that you wrestle down your past

Why it’s important that you wrestle down your past

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7

What happens when we stop fighting back

What happens when we stop fighting back

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8

Annoyed? The solution starts with you

Annoyed? The solution starts with you

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9

Do we really need to worry about confession?

Do we really need to worry about confession?

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10

How to experience the freedom you long for

How to experience the freedom you long for

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11

God wants to speak to you and through you

God wants to speak to you and through you

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12

The best way to fight worthless talk

The best way to fight worthless talk

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13

Are you hearing from God? (And how to know if it’s God)

Are you hearing from God? (And how to know if it’s God)

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14

Who are you leading people to?

Who are you leading people to?

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15

Are you ready to protect your people?

Are you ready to protect your people?

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16

Everyone’s eyes are on you

Everyone’s eyes are on you

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17

The best way to lead others is to serve others

The best way to lead others is to serve others

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18

“Can I?” isn’t the best question

“Can I?” isn’t the best question

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19

You have the power to love people wall

You have the power to love people wall

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20

How to sacrifice like Jesus does

How to sacrifice like Jesus does

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21

Where to find rest for a weary soul

Where to find rest for a weary soul

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22

When you feel like you just can’t go any further

When you feel like you just can’t go any further

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23

What does a good shepherd do?

What does a good shepherd do?

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24

To care for the group, go after the one

To care for the group, go after the one

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25

Do you have what it takes?

Do you have what it takes?

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26

Why leaders are called to be shepherds

Why leaders are called to be shepherds

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27

How to know you’re a leader

How to know you’re a leader

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28

What does a thriving community look like?

What does a thriving community look like?

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