Heart of Membership
Living in the name of the Son is to live our baptism as people with whom the Father is “well pleased.”
We are forgiven by the blood of Jesus. Jesus calls us to also forgive others… in no uncertain terms.
Daily Prayer: Teach me to forgive others as you have forgiven me. Amen.
Monday, November 3
Read Psalm 103. We read this psalm last week on Saturday focusing in on the Father. What does this psalm have to say about forgiveness? How can we see Jesus through this psalm?
Tuesday, November 4
Read Luke 23:32-49. Jesus dies out of love for us so that we might be forgiven. How do we know that from what Jesus says? Have you ever been mistreated by someone who didn’t know what they were doing? How should we treat them? When do we forgive them?
Wednesday, November 5
Read Luke 7:36-50. Have we been forgiven little or much? Does our response to our forgiveness match better with the woman’s or the Pharisee’s? If we love little, is less forgiveness offered to us, or do we feel we have less to confess?
Thursday, November 6
Read Matthew 6:9-15. The Lord’s Prayer can be divided according to the Trinity. Verse 12 is the verse in the name of the Son about forgiveness. We often struggle with the word “as” in that verse. How do verses 14-15 help us interpret “as?” Does Jesus really mean it?
Friday, November 7
Read Matthew 18. This entire chapter shows Jesus teaching us how to live in the name of the Son. Confession and forgiveness go together. Where does Jesus teach on confession and on forgiveness? Describe a time when you called someone to confess their sins. How did it go? Did you forgive them? What is bound/loosed on earth is bound/loosed in heaven. Does God forgive them when we forgive them?
Saturday, November 8
Read Colossians 3. “Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” How has the Lord forgiven us? How do we do that for others? Think of a time when forgiveness happened like it should. The opposite?
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