Word Studies for the Week of July 30th, 2017

July 30 ● The Ten Commandments, A Better Way Life: The Eighth Commandment ● Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Is putting a spin on things a false witness against your neighbor? If so, what does that say about how our contemporary culture works?

Luther expands the definition of this commandment by saying that we should not also betray our neighbors, or destroy the reputations of them; are there ways that we can tell the truth about our neighbor and still violate this command?

Why do we like to gossip about others? What is the payoff receive? How do we resist the temptation to gossip?

Have you been the victim of gossip or vicious rumors? Did the things said about you hurt you? Who was by your side to get through it?

Luther calls us to look at our neighbors in the best possible light for the positive aspect of this command; what are some of the tools you have that can help you do this?

How does the command to love your neighbor help you decide how to navigate the eighth commandment?

What tools do you use to help you discern how to navigate tense issues with your neighbors, friends and family?

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