This past Sunday was an amazing time for the teens to get together and enjoy house church together. The lesson started with the following short movie done by the folks at “The Bible Project”
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Through the blood of Jesus, we have an opportunity for clean space without any spiritual pollution. We went over two practicals for how to eliminate spiritual pollution and the first one was to
Accept Gods forgiveness
Sometimes we can be hard hearted because we don’t really accept the fact that God has forgiven us, so we try to work to earn Gods forgiveness.
- In general why wouldn’t we want to accept a gift?
When you accept the gift of Gods grace, when you accept his forgiveness it changes you, it changes your life.
This gift came at a very hard price, but it is free it is not based on your perfection, your efforts, or your good works. It is absolutely free and we do nothing to earn it and we will never be able to earn it. Whenever we realize how imperfect we are the questions is not, “how can i reach perfection?” the question should be, “Where is my faith in Jesus’s perfection?”
The second practical to eliminate the spiritual pollution all around is to be able to
This passage is talking about forgiving others just as we have been forgiven.
- Why is forgiving other people so hard?
- They need to feel what they have done
- They don’t deserve it
- wanting justice
Forgive people who have hurt you – the people who have the capacity to hurt us the worst are the people we care about the most.
What is forgiveness?
Many people think of forgiveness as letting go or moving on. But there’s more to it than that, says Bob Enright, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who pioneered the study of forgiveness three decades ago. True forgiveness goes a step further, he says, offering something positive—empathy, compassion, understanding—toward the person who hurt you. That element makes forgiveness both a virtue and a powerful construct in positive psychology.
How can we find empathy or compassion for someone who has wronged us?
We must find a way to be compassionate toward the person that wronged us and not just seek justice against that person:
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Jesus dying on the cross says, Father forgive them, they know not what they do!
Jesus felt this way towards the very people who were going to kill him!
Research will always prove the bible correct. Below is some information regarding the benefits of “Forgivingness”
See some health benefits of forgiveness here
Time to Reflect:
Take 2-5 minutes to meditate on the following:
- the fact that Jesus has died to forgive you, he has given this to us as a gift, it is not based on work or perfection.
- think about someone in your life right now that you are having a hard time forgiving and find a way to have empathy for them, to be compassionate towards them and understanding and forgive them.