Matthew 6:12 (NLT) Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
MERCY: undeserved forgiveness and unearned kindness
Nehemiah 9:17b (TLB) You are a God of forgiveness, always ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and full of love and mercy.
Micah 7:18b (NIV) You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
Romans 3:23-24 (TLB) All of us have sinned…yet now God declares us ‘not guilty’ of offending him if we trust in Jesus Christ, who freely takes away our sins.
Isaiah 55:57b (TEV) God is merciful and quick to forgive.
Colossians 2:13-14 (NLT) …God forgave all our sins. He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross.
Micah 7:19 (NCV) You will have mercy on us again; you will conquer our sins. You will throw away all our sins into the deepest part of the sea.
T / F A person should not be forgiven until he or she asks for it.
T / F You haven’t really forgiven until you’ve forgotten the offense.
T / F Forgiving includes minimizing the offense & the pain caused.
T / F Forgiveness includes restoring trust & reuniting a relationship.
T / F When I see someone hurt, it is my duty to forgive the offender.
Ephesians 4:32b (MSG) Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.
2 Timothy 4:14-15 (NIV) Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.
Colossians 3:13b (NLT) Remember, the Lord forgave you so you must forgive others.
Review the five statements in the quiz and compare them to the statements under point two and what Pastor Kevin shared. Talk together about which of these statements is most difficult for you and why.
Reread Romans 3:23-24. Do you believe and fully accept that you are “not guilty” before God? Do you believe the same of those who have wronged you?
Talk about boundaries in your group. When is it wise to set boundaries to protect yourself? When have you erected boundaries and after time discovered it was safe to soften them a little? When wasn’t it?
Do you feel forgiveness is a choice? Is it a process or a one-time action?
Colossians 3:13b can be a difficult verse to fully live out. The word “must” may stop you in your tracks when thinking of a particular person or situation. Share a little of this situation and allow your small group to pray for you as you seek to honor God with your forgiveness.
Think of a person who you have not yet fully forgiven (freely, completely, unconditionally). What steps will you take this week to honor and obey God fully in that situation? How will you release this to God?
Dig deeper! Look up these additional scriptures on the subject of forgiveness and share your thoughts with your small group.
Psalm 32:1-5; Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 11:2-4; 1 John 1:9-10
Parents, today your child learned about kindness as part of the Miracle of Mercy series. We have defined mercy as love in action. Then, each week, we’ve focused on a loving action we can incorporate into our lives. We studied the story of the Good Samaritan. Ask your child what happened to the man who was traveling. Did anyone show kindness to him? Did anyone not show kindness? To continue the conversation about mercy, check out the handout your child completed in class and take a look at the Family Reflection section to learn more.
In messages liberally sprinkled with humor and filled with straight – and sometimes tough – talk, Kevin reaches out to people with God’s message of grace and love. His leadership over Student Ministries keeps him connected to the major concerns in today’s culture.
NorthPointe Community Church
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