Myths of Forgiveness #1

May 2, 2021

Gathering Question      

  • What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “forgiveness”?

Gathering Prayer

What stood out to you in the sermon? What insights did you gain? What questions did it raise?

  • How does it make you feel to know that someone with as strong a faith as David still struggled to forgive others?
  • What are some of the reasons we struggle to forgive others?
  • What do we hope to gain when we want revenge against someone who has hurt us or someone we love?
  • What do you imagine was the price in David’s life of his unforgiveness?
  • What does unforgiveness steal from us?

Colossians 3:13 says, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

In the original Greek they were written in, both Colossians 3:13 and Ephesians 4:32 describe forgiving others as an on-going process.

  • How does it change our understanding of forgiveness if we recognize that forgiving others is a process, rather than simply a switch we flip?
  • How is that challenging for us? 
  • How is it encouraging to us?

Both Colossians 3:13 and Ephesians 4:32 speak of how God has forgiven us.

  • How does it feel to know that God has forgiven your sins?
  • What makes God’s forgiveness so remarkable?

To forgive or not to forgive others is a choice we make, just as God made the choice to forgive us through Jesus.

  • How does God’s forgiveness of us provide us with the grace and strength to forgive others?

Closing Prayer    

Take time for each person to offer their own silent prayer of confession to God.

Confess your own sins to God; also confess those people who you struggle to forgive. Thank God for his wonderful forgiveness through Jesus. Ask God for the grace and strength to continue the process of forgiving those you struggle to forgive.