Walk Wisely: I'm Offended! Now What?

Introduction:

Proverbs 19:11 - Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

What is NOT "overlooking"?

  1. Getting Even
  2. Holding a Grudge
  3. Slander

How Do I Overlook an Offense? When You Are "Triggered", Ask Yourself:

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  1. Is there some Truth here? Then I'm just going to overlook the offense.

    Proverbs 27:6 - Faithful are the wounds of a friend...

    Luke 11:37 - While Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him, so he went in and reclined at table.

  2. Is there a chance I Misunderstood what was said? Then I'm just going to overlook the offense.

    1 Corinthians 13:7 - Love... believes all things...

  3. Am I making a big deal out of a Minor issue? Then I'm just going to overlook the offense.

    Philippians 4:5 - Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.

  4. Is this a Lost person just acting like a Lost lost person? Then I'm just going to overlook the offense.

    Luke 23:34 - Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

  5. Do I Love the offender? Then I'm just going to overlook the offense.

    Proverbs 10:12 - ...love covers all offenses.

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Small Group Discussion
Read Proverbs 19:11

  1. What was your big “take-away” from this passage / message?

  2. Why do you think people seem so anxious to be offended today?
    On a scale of 1-10, how easily offended are you? (1 = nothing offends me, 10 = everything offends me)

  3. When is it okay to be offended? How do you know when it is appropriate to be offended?

  4. How does being “slow to anger” help you overlook offenses?

  5. How does the forgiveness of Christ motivate you to overlook offenses?

    Bonus: What was the craziest thing you’ve ever heard someone be offended over?

BREAKOUT
Pray for one another to grow in being slow to anger and quick to overlook offenses. What kind of a church would HBC be if we all lived by Proverbs 19:11?