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SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES: For Everyday People


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HOME CHURCH TODAY
Series: 
Gospel Hearts | Gospel Minds
This week:  
The Solution
Passages: Mark 10:45, Romans 3, Isaiah 53
Speaker: 
Pastor Jason



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BIG IDEA: Forgive. Forgive. Forgive.
LUKE | THE BASICS   
How Many Times Should I Forgive?

What does forgiveness means?  It’s the act of pardoning an offender. In the Bible, the Greek word for “forgiveness” literally means “to let go”. It relates to when a person does not demand payment for a debt. 

Read aloud the following situations, rate how hard or easy it would be to forgive (1 = easy to forgive; 10 = super hard to forgive): • A friend borrows your favourite game and loses it • Your sibling calls you a mean name • You get blamed for something that wasn’t your fault • Your friend tells everyone something embarrassing about you • Your family cancels plans for something you were really looking forward to.

In today’s God Story, someone asks Jesus how often we should forgive. Jesus gives a surprising answer! 

Look up in your bibles, Luke 17:1–4 and read about Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness. 
(Answers below)

1) How many times does Jesus say we should forgive? 

2) Do we only need to forgive seven times a day or is this an example?

Look up and in your bibles Ephesians 4:32. 

3) How does this verse say we should treat one other? 

4) What did Jesus do so that we can be forgiven for our sins? 

5) Is it always easy to forgive? Why or why not? 

6) What can we do if we want to forgive but it feels too hard?

Key Verses for this series: “Father, may your name be honoured. May your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we also forgive everyone who sins against us.” | Luke 11:2–4, NIRV.

Pray, “Thank you, God, that I can forgive other people because you have forgiven us! Please help me to be quick to say I am sorry when I do the wrong thing, and to be quick to forgive other people when they mess up. Thanks for loving me so much, no matter what! Amen.”

 

Answers:
1) Seven times
2) We should forgive every time someone asks for forgiveness
3) We should be kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving, just as God has forgiven us
4) Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of everyone’s sins, including yours and mine!
5) Varied answers 
6) We can ask Jesus to give us his power to forgive the person who hurt us—and he will help us!