Words of warning


Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh.

- Philippians 3:2

Paul gave a very stern warning to his friends: "Watch out for those dogs." He was concerned with the influence that a particular group of people might have on his friends.

Have you ever had a concern like this for someone? You see them hanging out with a certain group of people and you feel like that group is leading them down a dangerous path. What did you do? What did you say?

Paul speaks up here, convinced that his friends need to be on guard against a bad influence.

We'll explore the nature of that influence more tomorrow. But today, we'd encourage you to reflect …

When has someone spoken up to warn you about a dangerous influence? How did you respond?

When have you offered a warning to someone you cared about? How did they respond?

What are some of your best practices for offering up words of warning?

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I remember my mom telling me "Never date anyone you wouldn't marry." Prolly saved my neck several times!

I feel the key to speaking into somebody else's life is whether you have the "bank account." Without that, you lose the influence you might have otherwise had. We can't have a bank account with everybody, but we can endeavor to keep depositing into the ones God has called us to.

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