Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our ‘Active Faith’ series. We discussed Matthew 18:21-35 and 2 Peter 3:10-14.

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'” Matthew 18:21,22

“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.” 2 Peter 3:10

Why should we forgive?

 

Carroll rightly said – because God demands we forgive. We also discussed why forgiveness is in our self interest. When we hold on to a grudge or hurt we only hurt ourselves. Annie remarked that it is hard to forgive. As much as we try we we can’t seem to ‘forgive and forget.’ So where does that leave us? We know God wants us to forgive and that it is in our best interest to forgive. But we can’t do it.

What is the motivation to forgive?

Paul writes “God proved his love for us in this, while we were sinners Christ died for us.” Jesus explains the motivation to forgive in the parable he tells Peter. The king forgives his servant a great debt but the servant refuses to forgive his fellow servant a small debt. God forgave you. He paid the ultimate price so your sin debt could be paid. When we understand this truth how can we not forgive those who sin against us? Annie is right forgiveness isn’t easy. However, the more we do it the easier it gets. Christ not only gave us the command He gave us the power – the Holy Spirit will give you the power to forgive. All you have to do is ask.

Why is forgiving a necessary part of being an active Christian?

Nancy put it best. Until you forgive you can’t move on to becoming the person God wants you to be.

Next week – “Who do you say that I am?” Mark 8:27-33 and 1 Peter 1:3,4. Consider the following questions:

1) Who is Christ and why did he have to die?

2) What difference does His death make to you?

3) Why does understanding His death empower you to become an active Christian?

See you Wednesday night.

John

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