From Friction to Forgiveness






How do the following passages help us to understand the biblical nature of forgiveness? Rom. 5:8-11; Luke 23:31-34; 2 Cor. 5:20-21; Eph. 4:26-30. Forgiveness is a critical and necessary component in our Christian walk. Jesus was the prime example of forgiveness when He descended from heaven to earth and dwelled among us. We did not ask for forgiveness, neither did […]




From Slave to Son






Read Philemon 1-25. What important principles about restored relationships can we find here? Remember, the key word is principles. Paul makes a appeal to Philemon on behalf of Onesimus. When you are working for the Lord, it’s important that you don’t hold any grudges and love people just as Christ loves. “The apostle reminded Philemon that […]




The Conviction to Return






Read Luke 15:11–21. What specific attitudes and actions led the prodigal to decide to return home? What principles of revival and reformation do we discover in this passage? When he became impoverished, the prodigal son decided to get a job. In this state of “rock bottom” he recognized that “no one was giving anything to […]




Forgiveness






Happy Ramadhan, Eid Mubarak – عيد فطر مبارك a photo by Hamed Saber on Flickr. Read Matthew 6:14, 15. What powerful message is Jesus giving to us here? What is He saying that is so full of eternal consequence for all of us? This text really opened my eyes about what forgiveness is all about. […]




The Need for Forgiveness






Wednesday’s Lesson – The need of forgiveness How did David find relief to his agony? Ps. 32:1–5; see also 1 John 1:9. How can we find this same thing for ourselves? Have you ever done something wrong and you wanted no one to ever find out? For  awhile you are ok with the guilt but then […]




Further Study






FRIDAY January 28 Further Study: “When sin struggles for the mastery in the human heart, when guilt seems to oppress the soul and burden the conscience, when unbelief clouds the mind, who lets in the beams of light? Whose grace is sufficient to subdue sin, and who gives the precious forgiveness and pardons all our […]




Total Forgiveness






“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Rom. 8:1, NKJV). What does this text promise us? How can we make this promise our own? To get an understanding of what this text is talking about we […]




Joseph’s Brothers’ Distress






What particular remorse-eliciting memory lingered in the minds of Joseph’s brothers? Gen. 42:21. What does that tell us about them? Josephs brothers remember when they placed him in the pit. They remembered the look that was on his face and how he pleaded with them. Many years had passed from the time that they put […]




Further Study






Further Study: Read Ephesians 4:25–32 and underline the words that touch your heart more directly. Reflect on all the things you can do, with God’s help, to improve your relationship with other people. These are portions of a letter that Ellen White wrote in 1908 to an evangelist: “I have this message for you from the […]