Small Group Questions

Can you think of any examples where slander hurt someone’s reputation, either in your own life or someone else’s? Did the wound ever heal? Did the parties ever reconcile?

Why do people engage in slander? When people engage in slander, do you believe most of them recognize the gravity of the conduct?

What do you think of the concept that slander is not spoken by the mouth but by the heart? Is that an overstatement? Is it enough to simply stifle the impulse to speak a slanderous thought?

How would you handle a situation where your friend begins slandering another of your mutual friends? Would you stop them? Walk away? Listen quietly but not agree? What should you do?