RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL (AGES: 13-19) TEACHER’S MANUAL FOR JUNE 27, 20201 : TOPIC – FORGIVENESS
RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL (AGES: 13-19)
SUNDAY 27TH OF JUNE, 2021
LESSON FORTY TBREE (43)
BIBLE TEXT: Matthew 18:21-35
Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made.
The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’
Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
“But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’
So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’
And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.
So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done.
Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’
And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.
“So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”
MEMORY VERSE: Eph 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”
HYMN FOR TODAY:
What can wash away my stain. Hymn 682
LESSON AIM: To teach them the act of forgiveness.
CENTRAL TRUTH: When we forgive each other, God will forgive us.
INTRODUCTION: Forgiveness is a conscious, deliberate decision to release
feelings of resentment or vengeance towards a person or group who has
harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.
A good example is God deciding to blot out our transgressions knowing
fully well that we do not deserve His forgiveness.
A. How do you forgive?
1. Accept that God loves whoever offended you regardless (Eph 4:32)
– Some Christians always assume that God hates whoever they hate! This is untrue. He is Love!
2. Communication (Luke 17:3)- Make sure you do not hold grudges.
One major cause of offence is lack of communication.
3. Do not keep record of the wrong-doing (1 Cor 13:5).
4. Pray – it can be hard to let go and forgive, especially in situations where the wrong against you was life-altering. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you. As long as you do not forgive, whoever offended you
has power over you. Let go and let God have His way.
B. Benefits of forgiveness:
•You will be forgiven – Mark 11:25
•Removes pain and grudge from your heart.
•Helps us have better relationship with God becoming more like Jesus
•The power others have over us is destroyed and we are able to take hold of ourselves.
•Improved mental health, less anxiety, stress and hostility
C. Practical steps to forgiving someone:
a. Don’t deny the feelings of anger, acknowledge it and make up your mind to do something about it.
b. Ask God for grace to forgive from your heart.
c. Tell yourself good reasons you need to forgive and move on with life.
d. Try not to think and talk about it too much. Seek counsel if you need to.
e. Talk it over with the person, tell him/her you have forgiven him. Your confessing it, seals it and puts the devil to shame.
INVITATION/ APPLICATION: Has someone deeply hurt you or offended
you? Decide today to forgive such person and let the love of God be spread in your heart. Do not give the devil any leeway.
CONCLUSION: Unforgiveness can lead to ill-health such as depression, stress etc. It can make room for illnesses such as cancer to grow in ones body etc. Don’t allow unforgiveness in your heart.
What is God saying in the text ?
How can l apply this to my life?
MY PRAYER POINT FOR THE LESSON:
Father, pleases give me the heart of forgiveness in Jesus name.