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The Faith to Forgive

The Grudge

Review this week’s message.

Key Scriptures

Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come ... So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
Luke 17:1, 3-5 NIV

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Matthew 5:43-44 NIV

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32 NIV

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Matthew 6:14-15 NIV

He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103:10-12 NIV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 NIV

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • How did last week’s message on forgiving small offenses affect you? Did you practice more intentionally filling the gap?
  • How would you describe your relationship with forgiveness?

Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.

  • Are you currently wrestling with a betrayal? What would it look like for you to extend forgiveness in that situation?
  • Read Ephesians 4:32. What are some ways God’s forgiveness has affected your life?
  • Forgiveness isn’t fair and isn’t forgetting, but it does mean giving others what God has given us. What are some ways you can forgive and still set boundaries?

Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.

  • Share about a time when someone forgave you. How can you extend that kind of forgiveness to others?
  • Do you know someone struggling with a betrayal? How can you encourage them to find freedom in forgiveness?

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

Father, thank You for the forgiveness You’ve offered each of us. Help us never to forget the love You’ve shown us. Give us the faith we need to extend that same love to others through forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • If God is calling you to forgive someone, take that step.
  • If you’re not ready to forgive someone yet, ask God to give you the faith you need to take that step.
  • You don’t have to hold on to bitter memories and let painful moments steal your joy and weigh you down. Find out more in The Grudge Bible Plan at:

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The Faith to Forgive

The Grudge

When people betray your trust, it’s easy to be consumed with pain and anger. But God wants you to be free of hostility. Join Pastor Craig Groeschel for this week's message and find out why you should forgive those who betray you.

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