YEAH! Church - Sunday, June 13, 2021
"Stories of Jesus” – We all like it when we get more chances after we mess up. But sometimes, we don’t want to give other people those same chances. Jesus told us that when we aren’t willing to forgive others, we shouldn’t expect God to forgive us.
Today’s Lesson - “You Must Forgive to Be Forgiven”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED3fzkS-bhA (Saddleback Kids – The Unforgiving Servant)
Jesus’ Story – “The Unforgiving Servant”
Matthew 18:21-35, NLT
Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”
22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!
23 “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. 24 In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. 25 He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt.
26 “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ 27 Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.
28 “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.
29 “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. 30 But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.
31 “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. 32 Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ 34 Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.
35 “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”
• Peter thought that forgiving someone seven times should be enough. What did Jesus say about that?
• Jesus wants us to forgive all people all the time. Why?
• God is willing to forgive us whenever we ask Him to. But what will happen if we refuse to forgive others?
• Forgiving someone doesn’t mean that what they did was okay. Forgiving someone means that I know that I am not the judge and I have made mistakes too. Who is the only Judge?
Romans 3:23 - “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
Prayer - Thank you, God, that you always forgive me when I am sorry for the bad things I do and ask you to. Help me to forgive others.
~ Pastor Jane
In addition to being a church minister, Pastor Jane is also a trained teacher and has many years of experience working with children in churches, camps, daycares and schools. Parents' Corner is provided to give parents and caregivers support especially as pertains to mental health and related topics.
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