This is our final week of “Joseph, the Journey to Forgiveness” by Melissa Spoelstra. We’ve completed six weeks on the journey to forgiveness and learned so many life-changing Biblical concepts! Congratulations on making it to the very end!!
We asked the women in our small groups to share what they learned in this study, and here are just a few of the comments:
- We can forgive without reconcilation, we tend to judge others by their actions but we judge ourselves by our intentions and we will miss the blessings of today when we are stuck in resentment for things that happened yesterday….I can not truly forgive without God’s help.
- As we mature in our relationship with Jesus we should see ourselves identifying with His traits or characteristics. The Lord has forgiven more than anyone ever could or will. We must do the same.
- Even though forgiveness is hard, once we forgive the person who has wrong us, we are not confined in a box filled with hatred and bitterness.
- Forgiving someone doesn’t necessarily mean a reconciliation
- I loved the comparison of Joseph’s life to the life of Jesus- so many similarities.
- I learned that you can forgive without reconciliation . But mostly that God forgives no matter what and He has a plan for us that we may not see as yet. But we must remember forgivness is not only for three wrongdoer but for the receiver as well
- As God has forgiven me, I too must forgive even if it doesn’t mean reconciliation.
I hope the study has been a blessing for you and that you continue practicing forgiveness. This is something that improves over time, as long as you follow the methods of Joseph and Jacob. Write out some of your favorite verses and commit to memorizing them as your strategic plan for forgiving others. You are loved! See you at the next study starting March 14th!
BIBLE STUDY TIP: Don’t get discouraged when your fellow students drop out of a group. It happens locally and also online, as women fall behind or overcommit their schedules. Dropping out is not a sign of “failing Bible study” it simply means they scheduled too many studies, or they may have experienced a personal crisis and needed to step away from the study.
We have a two week break before starting the next study. Go back and finish the lessons you missed in the Jospeh study, or spend the two weeks looking back at your journey.
Assignment For the Week
- Get the YELLOW studybook and register for the next online Bible study when you CLICK HERE.
Discussion Questions – Answer in your small group or post a comment below
- In the day one lesson this week, Melissa Spoelstra tells a story of a porch swing as her meeting place with the Lord. What physical setting do you associate with spiritual moments?
- On page 170, a quote by Warren Wiersbe says that everyone has a metaphor for life to describe their pilgrimage. What metaphor describes yours? (metaphor= a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable)
- Melissa Spoelstra says on page 171, “We easily forget that the road we’re treading right now is temporary. Our true citizenship is in heaven.” Are you currently living your life in anticipation for eternity or living in the present? Explain.
- There is a fantastic chart of Jacob’s prophecies for his 12 sons on page 182 in the study book. Make sure you complete this if you’re behind on the study, because the 12 tribes of Israel are an important part of the Bible. Jacob passed on a legacy for his children. What are some of the positive things your parents passed on to you?
- We’ve completed the study and I admire your desire to study, connect and grow. Share some of the things that enjoyed most about the study on forgiveness.
Praying for you,