August 3, 2014
Glimpses of the Kingdom
Share about an experience of being forgiven.
How did God speak to you through this week’s Scripture / sermon? What are you going to do in response to what you heard? What instructions (Matthew 18:15-22) precede the parable in 18:23-35? How might the context inform our understanding of this parable?
Matthew 18:23-27. The King did not just minimize the debt (“It’s not that big a deal”) or pretend no debt was ever accrued; the King forgave the debt. What is the difference between minimizing, pretending, and forgiving an offense? Why is it so important that we forgive and not just minimize or pretend?
Matthew 18:27. For the King to forgive the debt, who “paid” or “absorbed” that debt? In order to forgive someone else, who “pays” or “absorbs” the debt? According to Colossians 2:13-14, what did Jesus Christ do for us on the cross? How can the Spirit of Jesus in us help us to do for others what Christ has done for us (Colossians 3:13)?
Matthew 18:34. “[Forgiveness] can even set a prisoner free...The prisoner that it really frees is you” (Forgiveness, Matthew West). How does unforgiveness hold an unforgiving person prisoner?
Matthew 18:23-25. The King’s actions were a right and just response to his servant’s debt. “Even when the jury and the judge / Say you gotta right to hold a grudge / It's the whisper in your ear saying 'Set It Free' / Forgiveness” (Forgiveness, Matthew West). When wronged, you might have a right to justice (Matthew 5:38) but what has Jesus modeled (Mt. 5:39-42 and 18:33)?
Romans 5:8,10. When did God extend His mercy and forgiveness to us? Is an apology necessary for us to extend forgiveness to another?
Matthew 5:45; 18:27. What hinders you from following God’s example in responding to those who have wronged you??
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