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Words | Week 5: God Bless You

We have all been in a public space when suddenly someone sneezes. Almost without fail, the sneeze is followed by multiple retorts of “God bless you!” If only this commonly accepted practice would spill over to other areas of life. What if everywhere we went, people would be asking God to bless those around them? Whether it becomes a commonly accepted practice or not, we can speak words that convey God’s blessings. Even if others don’t, we can. Our words can bring hope into hopelessness and light into the darkness. The abundance that we have in Jesus should compel us to be a conduit of his blessing to others.

 

READ 3 John 2

 

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 

READ this passage again and consider these related questions.

 

What are some important reasons to speak a blessing to others?

 

What role does prayer play in blessing others?

 

In what ways does God care for us holistically?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

Read 1 Peter 3:9-12; Romans 12:14; 2 Peter 1:2

 

1. In what ways can blessing others result in ourselves being blessed?

 

2. Discuss how humility is an essential element of being able to bless others.

 

3. How can self-righteousness get in the way of godly righteousness when we bless others?

 

Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-5; 1 John 3:18-19; James 2:16

 

4. Discuss how without action, our words of blessing can be empty.

 

5. What elements of our Christian walk prepare and enable us to be people who bless others?

 

6. Describe how the Gospel compels us to bless others.