Revive Me, Week 6—A Year of Growing Stronger in the Lord
“Let all bitterness….be put away from you” (Eph. 4:31).
“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, your heavenly Father will not forgive your transgressions” (Matt. 6:14,15).
Is there someone you need to forgive? Has someone hurt you so badly that you are having a hard time getting past it? This week’s “Revive Me” challenge is not an easy one but it is a necessary one. If we want to be closer than ever to our Savior, we must be willing to forgive those who have sinned against us, neglected us, disappointed us, or betrayed us. If it was a one time grievance, we must forgive them. If it was something that happened during our entire growing up period, we must still forgive them.
And here’s the hard part…it must be from the heart .
Read Matt. 18:21-35.
We must offer nothing less than sincere forgiveness from the heart. How was the master able to forgive the slave who couldn’t repay him? He had compassion and mercy (Matt. 18:27). What kept that same slave from forgiving someone who owed him? He lacked compassion and mercy (Matt. 18:33). If we’re struggling with bitterness toward someone, we can pray for a compassionate and merciful heart.
When someone sins against us, they are guilty. If we refuse to forgive them, we also become guilty. Surely a close relationship with God is worth any difficult effort to forgive.
Suggestions for the Week:
1. Pray about any hangups you might have in forgiving someone. Ask God to help you offer the same compassion and mercy to others that He has shown you.
2. Think of examples of forgiveness you’ve personally received from others.
3. There are many passages that deal with the topic of forgiveness. Study them this week and write down as much as you can learn about it. If you’d like to do a Bible-marking on forgiveness, you can find one here.
4. Remember that God knows what’s best for us. Write down some benefits of forgiving others.