September 8, 2018
Think through the following as you begin:
Would you agree that one of the hardest things todo when someone really hurts you – either by their words or actions – is forgiving them?
Work through the following as a group or individual, taking the time to read each passage.
Consider and discuss this statement from Neil Anderson,
Forgiveness is agreeing to live with the consequences of another person’s sin. You’re going to live with those consequences whether you want to or not; your choice is whether you do so in the bitterness of unforgiveness or the freedom of forgiveness.
One of the greatest examples of forgiveness can be seen in the life of Joseph. He was dealt with so unfairly by so many people, yet reacted in a forgiving way, showing no bitterness or malice.
Charles Swindoll says,
You cannot genuinely embrace a person you’ve not fully forgiven. … Joseph never stood taller than at this moment of his life.
What do you think of this statement: When someone has been injured they have a choice. They can hold a grudge, or they can choice to forgive. Holding a grudge keeps the injure alive. Forgiveness opens the door to healing
Is there an incident in your life you would like to share at this time?