Words of warning1
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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