"The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever."
"The Unforgiving Servant" Matthew 18:21-35
The Parable to the Unforgiving Servant is a revelation of the nature of God and the heart He desires for His Kingdom people. God’s mercy triumphing over judgment is why Jesus came. Our sin towards God is a debt that we can never pay, but God knows that and that is why He has paid it Himself. But if we who have been forgiven so great a debt choose to withhold forgiveness to our brothers – how then does that show gratitude and obedience to God? Yet, we often harbor bitterness and unforgiveness and Jesus calls us into account. The end of the Lord’s prayer is another striking look into how important forgiveness is to Jesus. This week Richard Dassow will be leading us as we investigate one of the most important calls of a true disciple of Jesus.
Suggested Bible Memorization Verse:
Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
1. Talk about a time God called you to forgive, but you were resistant. What happened?
2. Why do you feel it is so very important to Jesus that you forgive others who have wronged you?
3. Have you had good or bad experiences with forgiveness? Talk about both
4. Share an unexpected experience of receiving God's forgiveness?