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FRIDAY- Be like God…Forgive!
Big Point: Jesus paved the way for us by paying for our sins—showing us the ultimate forgiveness.
“Forgiveness is the rebirth of hope, a reorganization of thought, and a reconstruction of dreams. Once forgiving begins, dreams can be rebuilt. When forgiving is complete, meaning has been extracted from the worst of experiences and used to create a new set of moral rules and a new interpretation of life’s events.”
Definition of Forgiveness:
“You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and have the power to wish them well.”
We as humans sin daily, some days more than others. When we do this we hurt God. However, God’s love for us is so powerful He forgives us time and time again. He sets the example and it is up to us to follow in his footsteps. God does not want us to be tied down with feelings of anger, hate, and resentment. He wants us to choose to forgive and ask for forgiveness and live free of the pain. Holding a grudge only keeps us trapped in the darkness, but when we forgive or are forgiven the weight is lifted and God grants us inner peace.
READ…What does the Bible say?
Job 2:5 (Good News Translation)
“To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.”
Psalm 65:3 (New Living Translation)
“Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all.”
LIVE…What will you do now?
Look at the definition of forgiveness. You’ve been challenged to deal with unforgiveness in your life. Keeping this definition in mind, can you think about someone you’ve forgiven in the past so that you can now think of him or her without anger and wish them well?
Think about the people that you have to forgive. How will you know when you’ve forgiven them?
Yesterday, you were challenged to ask for forgiveness from someone you have wronged. How are you going to communicate with them (phone, letter, face to face)? Are you ready to take the next step?
PRAY…God what do you want me to know & do?
Forgiveness of ourselves and others is a very difficult thing to do, and now more than ever should be a time to rely on God to help you through it. Pray for the strength to forgive or ask for forgiveness. Thank God as well for forgiving you time and time again. Ask God to help you persevere because the end result is so rewarding.
HOMEPOINTE FAMILY ACTIVITY
Big Point: We all make mistakes and so it is important for us to acknowledge when we hurt others and apologize to them.
Lesson: One of the best things we can do for our children is help them to take responsibility for the hurts they cause. Also, we want children to be able to learn from their mistakes and figure out what they will do differently next time.
One way to achieve this goal is to have children apologize using three complete sentences:
• The first sentence should describe what the child did or said that was wrong.
• The second sentence explains why it was wrong.
• The third sentence asks for forgiveness.
An example would be, “I said words to you that were mean and unkind. It was wrong because I hurt your feelings. Will you forgive me?” Using the guideline of three sentences will help children think and express themselves better. This approach is much more effective than a muttered, “I’m sorry.”
Activity: Children AND adults should practice making apologies to each other using the method described above. The children will be inspired if they see the adults participating in this activity.
Prayer: Dear God, I am going to hurt others—even when I don’t mean to. Please help me to always remember to apologize quickly when I am wrong or unkind. Amen.
Adapted with permission from Susan Nichter, LSW, of Greenfield, IN.
Living It Out: Scripture Memory August 2011
Ephesians 2:9-10 (New Living Translation)
Salvation is not a reward for the good things
we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
10 For we are God’s masterpiece.
He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the
good things he planned for us long ago.
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DAILY BIBLE READING COMMENTARY: Ecclesiastes 7-8
Ecclesiastes 7: This seems to contradict Solomon’s previous advice to eat, drink and find satisfaction in one’s work – to enjoy what God has given. Adversity reminds us that life is short. It teaches us to live wisely, and refines our character. Solomon encourages us to think about death, not morbidly but in a way that helps us realize that we must examine the direction of our lives regularly and adjust our course if necessary. God allows both good times and bad times to come to everyone. Solomon, the wisest man in the world, confesses how difficult it is to live wisely. He says no matter how much we think we know: some mysteries will never be understood.
Ecclesiastes 8: Wisdom is the ability to see life from God’s perspective and then to know the best course of action to take. Proverbs teaches that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom comes from knowing and trusting God. Solomon recommends the remedy for life’s unanswered questions: joy and contentment. No one can fully comprehend God and all that He has done, but the unknown should not cast a shadow over our joy, faith, or work because we know that Someone greater is in control and that we can put our trust in Him.