March 19, 2023
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Story Focus: In week 3, we discover one of Jesus’ parables recorded for us in Matthew 18:21-35. Jesus told this parable because Peter asked a question about forgiveness. Peter might have thought he was doing pretty well to say he’d forgive someone seven times, but Jesus raised the stakes and said we ought to forgive others even more. Jesus showed what this meant with a parable about a servant who was shown incredible forgiveness, yet wouldn’t offer forgiveness to someone else.
Bottom Line: Forgive others because God forgives you. God’s love for us is huge. That love drives God to forgive us when we do something wrong. God can help us to forgive people in our life too. When we realize how much God has forgiven us, we can turn around and forgive people who might hurt us. This might be difficult, but God can give us the help we need to love others and show forgiveness.
Key Question: What keeps you from forgiving? Sometimes it’s hard to forgive. Maybe our feelings are really hurt, or maybe we’re even physically hurt. And when others hurt us, it’s sometimes hard to let go of how they made us feel. We hope to guide preteens to understand how, even if they might never have a perfect relationship with some people, they can still work to make things right.