Red Letter Challenge
A 40-DAY LIFE-CHANGING DISCIPLESHIP CHALLENGE FOR OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Through it you will learn how to:
1) Have a deeper relationship with Jesus.
2) Receive God’s forgiveness in your life and give grace to others.
3) Gain a greater heart of service.
4) Become more generous.
5) Grow in confidence to speak about what Jesus has done in your life.
WEEK THREE | Forgiving
In Matthew 18:15-35, Jesus was teaching His disciples how to handle situations where two people had conflict and one sinned against the other. Take a look this week at that passage and consider the questions Peter had about forgiving others and the response Jesus gave.
Peter was on the right track by seeking to personalize what Jesus taught, and he wanted to know just how far his responsibility in these matters should go. Peter’s question clearly demonstrated that he understood discipline in the church was to be about loving and forgiving and not about being vindictive in any manner but Peter wanted to know just how far this idea of “restoring his brother” should go.
Peter more than likely thought he was being very generous by suggesting he would forgive his brother up to seven times for the same offense since Jewish law required a person to forgive someone three times. If the person committed a fourth offense, the person didn’t have to forgive them anymore. Peter must have really thought he was going above and beyond since he had doubled the tradition of forgiving three times and even had added another for good measure! Jesus responded by telling a story to further illustrate how we are to forgive others.
Today, Jesus asks us to be merciful just as the Father is merciful towards us.
During the course of our lives, we are all certain to face small and large offense against us that require us to forgive as Jesus taught. There will be times when we have been wounded by others and hurt so badly that trust must be earned again. It’s in those times we must release the right to “get even” and forgive. It’s not easy to forgive but when we give the gift of forgiveness to others, we are the ones who receive the majority of that gift that is given!
Think about it. What hurt from the past still brings you pain? How can forgiveness help you move forward? Pray that God would help you to forgive others just as He has forgiven you.
BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT SHOWING MERCY TO SOMEONE THIS WEEK.
Perhaps you can let someone off the hook if they owe you a favor or even some cash. If you don’t have the opportunity today, be on the lookout for someone you can show mercy to at some point this week.
Key Upcoming Dates:
- Sunday February 23 | Day 20 | Begin Week 4 Readings | SERVING
- Wednesday February 26 | Application Focus: Be a Good Neighbor
- Sunday March 1 | Day 27 | Begin Week 5 Readings |
- Sunday March 8 | Day 34 | Begin Week 6 Readings |
- Sunday March 8 | Application Focus: Donate Food & Clothes
- Tuesday March 10 | Application Focus: Share Your Story
- Saturday March 14 | Application Focus: Go & Make Disciples
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