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Key Thought:

If we are to become more Christ-like, we must forgive others the way He forgave us.


Key Quote

“Forgiveness is a decision we make to release people from the feelings of anger we have at them.” Mr. Rogers



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What’s your favorite movie genre (action, drama, horror, science fiction, comedy, etc.)?
  • What snack is a must have for you when watching a good flick?
  • Which actor or actress is your “must see” when a new film of theirs’ comes out?
  • Do you have a favorite film franchise? If so, what is it and why?



Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • What do you think when you hear the word “forgive”?
  • Describe your neighbors through the eyes of Mr. Rogers
  • Why do you think the message of Mr. Rogers is relevant today?
  • Why is it so hard for some people to let go of pain?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • Did you have a special toy or keepsake as a child? What did it mean to you?
  • Have you carried unforgiveness for someone? What was it like having a hard time forgiving?
  • If you found out you were going to die tomorrow, what regrets would you have today?
  • How does it feel knowing God hurts with you when you’re betrayed?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for excusing the inexcusable in us. Thank you for modeling a life of forgiveness. Please continue to grow us in this area. In your precious name we pray, amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Make a list of all the people who have helped shape you into who you’ve become, then thank God for the impact they had in your life, ask him to show you the fruit from their impact and pray for God’s favor in their lives and families’ lives
  • Commit to praying for ten minutes each day for those who have hurt you in the past. Pick a different person each day and focus on them only in your daily time. Let the group know how it went next week.
  • Make a list of the 5 best friends you’ve ever had, then reach out to each of them this (if possible) and let them know how much they mean to you. Pray for (and with if you can) each of them.
  • Go around the group and share the best piece of advice you’ve ever heard on fixing relationships, then as a group commit to doing these things with the relationships in your life.


Scriptures

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Ephesians 4:31 NIV

Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. Luke 6:28

Lay aside bitter words, temper tantrums, revenge, profanity, and insults. But instead be kind and affectionate toward one another. Has God graciously forgiven you? Then graciously forgive one another in the depths of Christ’s love. Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT


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