What do Jesus’ parables about forgiveness teach to Christians today?
Today we are going to think about the concept of forgiveness. I want you to start by thinking about what it means to forgive someone - how would you explain this? Can you think of a time you have forgiven someone? What about a time you haven’t? Can you remember the reasons why?
A parable is a story told by Jesus in the Gospels that has a moral or spiritual lesson.
The first parable I would like you to watch is The Parable of the Two Debtors (Luke 7:36–50). As you are watching think about what Jesus is teaching us about forgiveness.
In this parable, Jesus teaches that we all need forgiveness, but those of us who need it most may be the most grateful.
Now watch The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:21–35). What is Jesus teaching us about forgiveness in this story?
In this parable, Jesus teaches that a thankful response to God’s generous forgiveness is to forgive others who do wrong to us.
There are lots of situations in our lives in which forgiveness is needed, however sometimes it is hard to forgive others. Read the scenarios on the sheet below. For each you need to rate out of ten on how hard it is for the people to forgive and write what they should do next.