What I Should Be Putting On: Forgiveness
Colossians 3:12–13 (ESV)
12Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
13bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
1. At the start of the sermon, we talked about the fact that one sermon on forgiveness could never begin to ask all the questions that can swirl about this topic let alone make an attempt at giving all the answers. What are some questions about forgiveness that you have that this sermon brought up in your mind once again?
2. Somebody once said that a good marriage is comprised of two good forgivers. What does forgiveness look like in marriage?
3. In what ways do the examples of Christ’s forgiveness both deeply convict and tremendously encourage you?
4. Which warnings in the Scripture directed to an unforgiving heart are most poignant to you? What challenges does it impose on you? If possible, share with your group the real life situations in which you presently find yourself struggling to forgive.
5. During the sermon, we talked about the fact that forgiveness is both a one-time event that one does and a long-term process that one learns. What does that mean?
6. What intimidates you about praying, “Father in heaven, forgive my sins against you just like I forgive those who sin against me”?
7. What role does a regular observance of the Lord’s Supper play in helping us stay current with forgiveness?
8. How does union with Christ guarantee that we have the same ability to forgive as Jesus does?