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-Toxic Co-Workers-

Icebreaker:

Think about the most difficult co-worker you’ve ever been around. Keep this person anonymous... but share what made the individual so difficult to deal with, and how you worked through the challenges.

Discussion:

1. Read Proverbs 2:6: Proverbs 2:12-14; Proverbs 3:13-18; Proverbs 9:11-12.

  • How would you define wisdom?

  • How does wisdom differ from intelligence?

2. One of the major principles we need to accept in life is the that fact that imperfect people sin and cause damage.

  • How does lowering your expectations of others help you manage your frustration with them?

  • Why is it unfair to expect people who aren’t Christians to act like Christians?

3. Read Proverbs 4:7-8; James 1:5.

• Why is it important to ask God daily for wisdom at work?

4. Read Proverbs 4:14-16; Proverbs 1:10. We talked about avoiding the “toxic open doors.” Discuss some of the “open doors” [below] that toxic people use to entice you into playing their game and how you should respond to each of them...

  • Personal attacks
  • Arguing/Debating
  • Gossip/Slander

5. Read James 3:2-10; Proverbs 12:6.

• Discuss the power of words and how they can tear people down.

6. Read Proverbs 15:1; Proverbs 15:23; Ephesians 4:29.

• What are some of the benefits of using words to encourage and uplift others?

7. Proverbs 26:4; Proverbs 17:28.

• Why is it best to remain silent at times?

Application:

“Wisdom at work requires wisdom at work in me.”

Before you step into the work place each day, pray for God to give you wisdom in all your interactions with people.

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