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Forgiveness and Grace

In the Relationship Restart series, we are breaking some bad habits and building some new ones to love to people closest to me as Jesus has loved me.

Use this guide to lead your family.  In each guide, you will find a parenting affirmation to help you focus on God's call on you as a parent/guardian.  Then, you will find a Scripture passage from the New International Reader's Version of the Bible.  When you are done reading, there are discussion questions to help your family talk about what you read.  Feel free to add to or skip  questions as time allows.  At some point during the week, it would be extra special to plan to do the optional Family Activity.

Parenting Affirmation:  God sees and appreciates the work I do as a parent.  (Genesis 16:13, Proverbs 15:3)

Read Luke 6:37-42.
39 Jesus also gave them another example. He asked, “Can a blind person lead another blind person? Won’t they both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not better than the teacher. But everyone who is completely trained will be like their teacher.  41 “You look at the bit of sawdust in your friend’s eye. But you pay no attention to the piece of wood in your own eye. 42 How can you say to your friend, ‘Let me take the bit of sawdust out of your eye’? How can you say this while there is a piece of wood in your own eye? You pretender! First take the piece of wood out of your own eye. Then you will be able to see clearly to take the bit of sawdust out of your friend’s eye.  Luke 6:37-42

Discussion Questions:
There are golden rules, platinum rules and Jesus rules.  This passage is a Jesus rule.  In a Jesus rule we learn Jesus’ way to love people.  Let’s list some of the things that help us live like Jesus. (forgive, give, learn, grow, pay attention to what you are saying and how you are saying it)
I want each of us to make a mental list of these things:
  • Who do you need to forgive?
  • Who do you need to share Jesus with?
  • What are you learning about Jesus and how are you practicing those things?
  • Before I say something, have I thought about why I need to say it?  Have I thought about my real motive for saying or thinking what I want to say?  Do I really need to say it and is what I am going to say the most honoring way to say it?
What would happen if we measured everything we did with all the questions in mind?

Family Activity:  This week everyone needs to take an active step to do one of the things we just asked: forgive, share, grow/learn, think before we speak.  Which one are you going to work on this week?  Who are you going to do this with?  (Parents:  this is a good time to be vulnerable with your kids and do the activity too.)
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