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Saturday, November 20, 2010

If You Missed This Week at MOPS...

You missed a compelling meeting about forgiveness.  It's something we all struggle with on a daily basis.  Whether it's the big things in life or the little tiny issues that cause us to harbor bitterness and resentment, we are all faced with task of forgiving someone. 

We were fortunate enough to have some wonderful women speak to us this week.  Kerry Gross and Jamie Mann shared some deeply personal accounts of forgiveness in their lives that allowed them to move on and heal.  Each personal story allowed us a glimpse into their lives and the peace that they felt once they finally forgave.  We also watched a video featuring Beth Moore about loving difficult people.  In the video, Beth stresses the power of an apology and talks about the "Refiner's fire."  You can see more of Beth Moore at

Throughout the morning, we had discussion questions about forgiveness in our own lives. 

1.  True or False?
     A person should not be forgiven until they ask for it
     Forgiveness includes minimizing the offense and pain that was caused
     Forgiveness includes restoring trust and reuniting a relationship
    You haven’t really forgiven others until you have forgotten the offense
Does it surprise you that the answers to all of these questions is FALSE?  Which of these seem most true to you?
2.  Share a story of forgiveness you have witnessed, or share a story of how a person responded to evil       with good. What did that mean to you? How did it make you feel?
3.  Why is it so hard to forgive people who have hurt you? How will it affect you if you don’t forgive? How will it affect you if you do forgive?

A person's wisdom yields patience; 
it is one's glory to overlook an offense..  Proverbs 19:11