At Home Bible Study from your Board of Christian Education – 6/24/20
Lesson 6: The Christian Virtue of Forgiveness
One day Frank discussed forgiveness in a Christian education class with fifth and sixth graders. One child had just been hurt by another. Name calling began; voices were raised. There was a real opportunity to try out biblical principles. After addressing this situation, Frank asked the group what it meant to forgive. The child who had been offended said, “Forgiveness is taking someone’s sadness and throwing it away”. We think that’s a great definition of forgiveness. Jesus takes this definition one step further in Luke 22 when he forgives Peter before Peter betrays him.
Webster’s definition of forgiveness: to give up resentment and the desire to punish; stop being angry with; to pardon.
Reading: Luke 22: 28-34 and others (the purpose of this lesson is to understand that with our knowledge that Jesus forgives us, we are freed to forgive others).
Questions/thoughts to consider:
- What kinds of people and situations are difficult for you to forgive?
- Read Luke 22:28-34. How would you describe the mood or tone of this dialogue?
- What remarkable things does Jesus say to the disciples in verses 28-30 and how are the disciples feeling about it?
- In verses 31-32, what is Jesus saying that Simon Peter will experience?
- How do people today experience “sifting”? Does God allow temptation? Look at Job 1:6-12 & James 1:13-15.
- Jesus knows that Peter will betray him. How do you respond to that fact in light of Jesus’ words to Peter and the other disciples in verses 28-32?
- What might Jesus have been feeling as he offered his kingdom to those he knew would betray him? How do we feel when we are betrayed?
- How could forgiving others, like Jesus forgave Peter, make you a stronger person of virtue?
Lord God, let me sit quietly and think of the person or situation that I need to offer forgiveness to. I admit that I feel justified in my anger and resentment: why don’t they ask for forgiveness, it’s their fault! Help me Lord to dig out my bitter root of sin, and allow your endless love for me to swell up inside of me. Then, let me truly forgive, as you always forgive me. Oh, what a burden will be lifted off of my shoulders, when I become “right” with you and with my “enemy”. I praise and thank you, dear Lord. Amen