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Essential 7: Forgiveness and Reconciliation

BE WITH JESUS
1. Essential 5: Walking by the Spirit
2. Essential 6: Empowered by the Spirit
3. Essential 7: Forgiveness and Reconciliation
4. Essential 8: Disciplined Discipleship

DISCUSSION:

  • Whats the biggest fight or silliest fight you’ve ever been in with a family member?
  • Share your notes from the teaching, what impacted you? Was there a moment you sensed the Holy Spirit?

SCRIPTURE 

Take Turns Reading Out Loud and Sharing Observations

Matthew 18:21
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[b]was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. 29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ 30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. 32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Matthew 5:23
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

UNcomplicate it:

UNcomplicate It:
Pastor Justice mentioned 3 common postures/reactions when trying to resolve conflict. Any of these sound familiar? A skunk, porcupine, or turtle.
Which of the following steps are easiest and hardest when moving toward forgiveness and reconciliation?

Step 1: Go first (Matt. 18:21)
Step 2: Listen to what they have already said (Jms 1:19)
Step 3: Own your ego (Gal. 2:20)
Step 4: Repeat what you heard them say (Eph. 4:15)
Step 5: You-nite against the issue and for each other (2 Cor. 13:11)

Break in groups to pray for one another and create an action step toward forgiveness and reconciliation.

Before Next Week:
– Pick someone to share next week from their Life Journal to kick off the group discussion.
– Ask someone volunteer their 4 minutes testimony next week
– Pray for one another in groups

Week 7 Reading plan:
Day 1: Luke 2
Day 2: Luke 3
Day 3: Luke 4
Day 4: Luke 5
Day 5: Luke 6
Day 6: Luke 7
Day 7: Luke 8