Theme: We are able to enjoy the freedom of forgiveness as we practice releasing others of our accounts and grievances, and in that way are released of feelings of guilt or remorse.
Purpose: The congregation will explore their practices of letting go of the faults of others so that they may enjoy release from guilt and defensiveness.
Scriptures: Colossians 3:12-17 As God’s chosen ones, clothe yourself with compassion, love, and forgive one another.
Matthew 18:21-35 Parable of the unforgiving servant.
Why do we pray together that our sins be forgiven as we forgive others? What does forgiving others have to do with our own forgiveness? What if we are still angry? Does forgiving mean we have to forget what happened before? What do we need to have forgiven for us together rather than individually? Do we have to forgive all sins or can we just forgive ones that aren’t so bad? Why do some say trespasses, and some say debtors, while we pray to that our sins be forgiven.
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