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THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 97th   EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.

Lesson Title:  PARABLE OF THE UNFORGIVING SERVANT

Adult/Young Adult Topic:  To Forgive and Be Forgiven

Printed Text: Matthew 18:21-35

Key Verse: Matthew 18:33 (NIV)

‘Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’

Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018

UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:

People desire forgiveness even though they refuse to forgive. What are consequences of an unforgiving heart? The parable of the unforgiving servant teaches us to forgive as we have been forgiven.

CONCLUDING REFLECTION:

Forgiveness is the defining discipline of the community of disciples. Unlimited forgiveness ears continued witness to the distinctive nature of God’s reign and offers a true alternative, perhaps the only alternative, to the cycles of exploitation, violence, and revenge that plague our world. A church that dedicates itself to the practice of unlimited forgiveness is necessarily diverse, resilient, schooled in dealing with conflict, patient, and supportive. Limitless forgiveness requires the sustained attention of a disciplined community that will not gloss over conflicts and differences or settle for words rather than transformed relationships.

PRAYER: 

Dear Lord, create in us an attitude of forgiveness. Help us to be loving, kind, just, and above all, forgiving in our day-to-day interactions with one another. Keep ever before us your example of what it means to live in a spirit of forgiveness.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

 

 

 

 

Sunday School Review “Your Must Forgive To Be Forgiven”  was originally published on 955thelou.com