Text: Mathew 6:9-13; 14-15
The Bible makes us to understand that we belong to the family of God. It is important to note that, for any family, there are times when people offend and hurt one another. But they are expected to forgive each other and continue to live together in harmony.
This is not only an instruction to forgive only believers, but everyone that hurt us; this is where some of our major challenges is revealed.
1. What are some of the challenges in obeying the instruction as seen in Mark 11: 25;
2. What is the implication of the response of Jesus to Peter’s suggestions about forgiveness? Read Matthew 18:21-22
3. When we refuse to forgive, we are hurting ourselves in many ways; what are some of the ways we hurt ourselves?
4. Jesus offered forgiveness to those who were killing him, how can we apply this to our own lives and relationships? (Read Luke 23:34)
5. Narrate a story of forgiveness that you know and how that affected you as the one who forgave. Do you have other examples? (See Acts 7: 59-60)
We are confronted with vivid example in the New Testament, the power of forgiveness. This is difficult, but with the power of the Holy Spirit, we are enabled to do the impossible.
Mark 11: 25.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your father in heaven may forgive you your sins.