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Small Group Lesson:
Jesus taught in Luke 7:47-48 that those who realize they have been forgiven much love God much. We all are more sinful than we realize and have been forgive more than we realize. It is helpful to try and realize how much sin we have and how much God has forgiven us, not so that we feel condemned or sad, but rather so that we rejoice over the depth of God’s mercy and love.
Read James 3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.  

Read Matthew 12:36-37 “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”  

How do you react to these verses?  

Read James 3:2-8 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  

There are many ways we can sin with our words. Make a list of general categories of sins of the mouth (for example, gossip).  

What did you come up with? Did you include quarrelling, slander, gossip (2 Corinthians 12:20), foolish talk, crude joking (Ephesians 5:4), grumbling, complaining (Philippians 2:14), obscene talk (Colossians 3:8), lying (Colossians 3:9), proud boasting, flattery (Psalm 12:3-4)?  

Which sins of the tongue do you most need to work on right now?  

Read James 3:9-12 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.  

There are many good things we can use our tongues for. Make a list of general categories of ways to love God and others with our words (for example, praising God, encouraging others).  

What did you come up with? Did you include thankfulness (Ephesians 5:20), words that build others up (Ephesians 4:29), prayers for others (Ephesians 6:18), teaching, singing, (Colossians 3:16), speaking God’s goodness and greatness (Psalm 145:6-7), speaking the gospel and the Word of God (Acts 1:8)?  

What is one way you want to specifically focus on using your tongue to love God and others this week?  

Read Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.  

Let’s put this into practice right now! Have each person in the group encourage one another by saying something they appreciate or admire about each person.