Monday, June 27, 2011

Fruit of the Spirit # 4 Biting into the Fruit of Patience

Matthew 18:21-35

1. Looking through the passage, what contrast do you find?

2. The teachers of the day taught that a repeated sin should be forgiven three times. But what was the Lord’s rely?

3. Have you ever been really hurt by someone? Is what the Lord answer easy?

4. Jesus’ reply to Peter is enlarged by the parable in verses23-35. What is the first servant’s problem in this parable?

5. How was his problem solved beyond anything he could have hoped for?

6. How does the master illustrate God’s patience and forgiveness toward us in verse 27?

7. How does the way the first servant was treated, contrast with the way he treats his fellow servant (v28-30)?

8. Why do you think he failed to be patient or forgiving after having been forgiven so much?

9. How can a deep appreciation for God’s patience and forgiveness help you to be patient with a difficult person?

10. How had Paul learned this in his life (1 Timothy 1:15-17)?

11. What do the follow verses challenge us to do:
a. Proverbs 14:29

b. Proverbs 15:18

c. 1 Thessalonians 5:14

d. James 5:8-9

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