#IYKYK - Week 2
Because we have been forgiven such a great debt by our heavenly Father, we must extend forgiveness to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
BREAKING THE ICE
What is the biggest or funniest thing you have ever gotten away with that you shouldn’t have? Looking back, what should have happened to you?
EXPLORE AND DISCUSS
FORGIVEN PEOPLE FORGIVE PEOPLE
Read Matthew 18:21-35
What is the greatest debt that you have ever been forgiven by someone?
Reflecting on that individual’s forgiveness, what makes it difficult to understand how they could forgive such a debt?
When you stay angry at somebody, when you hold a grudge, when you refuse to forgive, it makes you feel so righteous. It makes you feel so wronged. It makes you feel so self-pitying. It makes you so self-centered. It makes you so self-righteous. It makes you so self-pitying. You’re becoming more like Satan than Jesus. - Tim Keller
Why is it easy to hold a grudge and to live in unforgiveness?
Have you ever experienced the “rewarding” feeling of living in unforgiveness? Why? How did it make you feel?
How does Keller’s quote change the way you view living in unforgiveness?
What is something currently where you are holding on to unforgiveness?
FORGIVENESS IS A CHOICE
“I believe the greater the hurt you have to forgive, the greater the anointing will be on your life here on earth, and ultimately, the greater your reward in heaven.” R.T. Kendall
What biblical support did you find for this quote by R.T. Kendall? How do we see the benefit of forgiveness explained throughout Scripture? How/why do we experience anointing here on earth through forgiveness?
When you look back on the Matthew 18 passage, why do you believe the servant failed to extend forgiveness when he had been forgiven so greatly?
When do you see this same attitude in your own life?
Read John 13:34-34
Jesus states the mark of being his disciple is love for one another. What is the significance of this statement in the context of this passage, book, and throughout the narrative of Scripture?
What is the greatest present source of unforgiveness in your life? What bitterness and grudges are you holding against your brother and sister that need to be forgiven? What makes it so difficult to extend forgiveness in these situations?
What would it take for you to extend forgiveness? What might that look like if you did?
What unforgiveness is in your life that needs to be addressed? Develop a plan for how to address areas of unforgiveness in your life. Find accountability with other believers to walk out a life of forgiveness.
Use the RANSOM method to study Matthew 18.
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