March 5, 2023
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Story Focus: We start the month with an interesting moment from Jesus’ life, found Luke 7:36-50. We find Jesus at the home of a Pharisee. While Jesus was there, a woman with a bad reputation stopped by with an expensive jar of perfume. She cried and used her tears to wash Jesus’ feet, then anointed them with perfume. The Pharisee was upset that Jesus would let a woman like this near him. Jesus responded with a parable to explain why this woman had honored Him so much. She understood something about forgiveness that the Pharisees missed.
Bottom Line: Everyone needs forgiveness. We can’t escape it. At some point, even if what we did was unintentional, we’ll hurt someone we know. We’ll need to apologize, and hopefully, we’ll receive that person’s forgiveness. As much as others need forgiveness, we need it too. When we have this perspective, it levels the playing field. We get the chance to participate in offering forgiveness that can make things right with others. Because we need forgiveness, we should be willing to forgive people in our lives too.
Key Question: What does it feel like to be forgiven? When you’re forgiven after you’ve messed up, it can feel like such a relief. That’s why it’s often helpful to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. When we remember what it feels like to have others forgive us, it can help us turn around and forgive people in our life. We hope that kids and Small Group Leaders have great conversations about how they’ve experienced forgiveness.