One Anothering One Another
October 21 - 27 • Week 7: Forgive One Another
As we continue in our One-Anothering series, we look at what it means to forgive one another. Forgiveness seems easy to receive but hard to give. Forgiveness is an act of obedience that leads to freedom. It is an action demonstrated by Jesus without required action on the part of the offender. Forgiveness not only benefits ourselves, but it brings freedom to those we love as well. We know that hurt is complex. We also know freedom is available. A willful obedient choice to forgive someone who as has hurt you or another gives us the freedom to love one another.
Forgiveness Leads to Freedom.
When it comes to forgiveness, does that come easy or difficult for you and why?
Share about a time when someone forgave you even though you did not deserve it. How did you feel after?
It seems a little far-fetched to say that not forgiving someone leads to a sort of slavery, but it’s true. Discuss the truth behind this and how you have seen or experienced unforgiveness leading to a sort of slavery.
Read Ephesians 4:31-5:2. Pay particular attention to the words, “just as” in this passage. What did forgiveness look like in the life of Jesus? Are there any limitations or exceptions? When it comes to how we are to forgive one another, are you putting limitations or exceptions to the forgiveness you give?
When it comes to forgiveness leading to freedom, how have you experienced freedom in your life because of forgiveness, whether that be on the receiving end or the giving end.
Think now for a moment about those in your life. Who do you need to forgive? Are you willing to let go?
Next Step Challenge
Hurt is very real. It takes on many shapes and forms. Some people have intentionally deceived and hurt us. Others have hurt those we love. And it leads to unforgiving hearts. At times, holding onto that hurt feels like a necessary and important part of who we are. But we must understand that we are all broken and hurt people in desperate need of forgiveness ourselves. Jesus gave us the ultimate example by freeing us from sin and forgiving us even when we did not deserve it. And we are called, commanded, and commissioned by Jesus to follow His example and forgive one another just ashe forgave us. When we do this, we will experience forgiveness leading to freedom, not only in the lives of others, but in our own.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” –Ephesians 4:32
All other Scripture References
John 13:34-35; Ephesians 4:32-5:2; Luke 7:41-43; Psalm 139:23-24