Grace Avenue UMC

March 23 – April 14, 2019

Central to our faith is the experience of forgiveness.  Jesus commands us to forgive others in the same fashion God forgives us (Matthew 6:14-15) but the reality of forgiveness seems much more difficult.  When we are at fault we have a hard time forgiving ourselves.  When others hurt us we lose energy and focus by withholding forgiveness.  The transformation which comes through forgiveness is on full display in Christ’s suffering and passion.  From the Cross he declares: “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).  We cannot truly be who God created us to be without forgiveness.   

Scripture Readings

March 23/24 – “Understanding Forgiveness”
Genesis 50:15-21

March 30/31 – “The Path to Forgiveness”
Luke 15:11-31

April 6/7 – “All Can Be Forgiven”
Revelation 21:1-6

April 13/14 – “Leading to Forgiveness”
Luke 19: 29-44, 23:32-34

Suggested Resources & Reading

The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World 
by Desmond Tutu & Mpho Tutu

Forgiveness, A Lenten Study 
by Majorie J. Thompson

When Sorry Isn’t Enough: Making Things Right with Those You Love 
by Gary Chapman & Jennifer Thomas

Forgiveness: Finding Peace through Letting Go
by Adam Hamilton