Extending Forgiveness

The idea of forgiveness raises many points for discussion. It pre-supposes right and wrong and makes the offender the one standing in need. But what if the offender never asks for forgiveness? Am I still compelled to forgive? Is forgiveness even necessary? We will dissect this living illustration of forgiveness in Luke 7:36-50. This passage highlights a simple truth that the one who is forgiven much loves much. And maybe that’s more of what this whole forgiveness thing is about. When you’ve been forgiven you love.

So here are some questions to get us thinking about what it means to be Extending Forgiveness:

1. Who were the Pharisees?
2. In what way(s) is it ironic that this story takes place in the home of a Pharisee?
3. Why do you think the woman acted the way she did in vv. 37-38?
4. Why do you think the Pharisee responded the way he did in v. 39?
5. What would you say is the opposite of forgiveness (and Andy, you can’t say unforgiveness)?
6. Why does a person who is forgiven little show only a little love?
7. Why does a person who is forgiven much show much love?
8. If we find ourselves in the little category… how do we reach the much side?
9. What makes receiving forgiveness so appealing?
10. What makes extending forgiveness so difficult?
11. How does a proper view of our own forgiveness help us with receiving and/or extending forgiveness?
12. When we forgive… how is this the most Christ-like thing we can possibly do?

For some extra insights follow the link to this commentary… Luke 7:36-50.

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