The "F" Bomb

We are continuing our Sr. High OTTAGETTU series studying parables Jesus told. Tonight we will talk about forgiveness. Sometimes it’s hard to forgive others, & it can be hard to accept forgiveness. Using the parable of the unforgiving debtor in Matthew 18:21-35, we are reminded that because of what Jesus did on the cross, God offers to forgive a debt we can never repay. If we’ve experienced God’s forgiveness, we can turn around & forgive people who have wronged us-a much smaller debt than what God has forgiven. 

What has your teenager done to disobey or hurt you or someone in your family? If your teenager never disobeys you, please stop reading this email & let me know what you’ve done to raise your child & I’ll forward that message to all the other families in our church! 
Teenagers are great. But they sometimes don’t pick up their shoes from the hallway, help a younger sibling reach a glass in the high cabinet, or tell you the entire truth the first time. The next opportunity you have to talk about some offense, encourage your student to specifically ask for forgiveness & then articulate that forgiveness directly. 
I’d encourage you to find time this week to talk with your teenager about the OTTAGETTU discussion. Here are some questions that can help launch your dialogue:
  • Why is it easier for most people to receive forgiveness than to give forgiveness? 
  • When did you most recently forgive someone for something, even though it was hard? 
  • Why do we often remember how often someone has committed a particular sin? Does that mean that we haven’t really forgiven that person? Why or why not? 
Learning forgiveness is tough, but practice is the key! Continue to encourage your teenager to seek God’s forgiveness & to forgive other people. Thank you for letting your child participate in Sr. High OTTAGETTU each week!

About Gene Reineman

Gene has been on staff @ CFCOG since 2006. He & his wife, Joey, have two children, Josette & Gabriel. Gene enjoys watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Phillies, & UNC Basketball. He also enjoys running, swimming, & playing golf. Gene’s approach to ministry, is in part, drawn from 1 Thessalonians 2:8, “We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.” – NLT

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