Persistent sin may be forgiven, but often the consequences can’t be erased.
Do you have someone in your life that you have given permission to point out areas you can do better? (Coach, boss, co-worker, spouse, friend, etc.) Who is that person and what does that practically look like?
Somewhere in the past Christians got the idea that we need to “forget” the harm done to us if we were to truly “forgive” someone. (“forgive & forget!”)
- How can pretending that something didn’t happen be harmful?
- Have you ever known someone who lived as if there were no consequence for their decisions? Did a relationship with this person help or hurt those around him/her?
Reading the bible helps us escape the day-to-day perspective and replace it with a generational view of God’s plan. One benefit of this is how easily we see that “if we go against the grain of the universe, we’re should expect to get splinters!” This week we saw several examples of leaders, some who were committed to God’s plan (Hezekiah in 2 Kings 18:1-8) and others who devoted themselves to their own plan (Elah in 2 Kings 21:1-6, 16-18).
- Who are the people God has positioned you to have an influence on?
- If, like the nation of Israel at the end of the book of Kings, our culture was to experience sudden collapse, what would you hope those people would have heard from you?
Connect intentionally with those God has positioned you to lead and share the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Share your plan and as a group, pray that God would allow others to have the same hope we do!