Heart Detox Part 4
As children, we were likely taught some form of behavioral modification. Now that we are older, we have learned to keep close tabs on our words and behavior using sophisticated filters. Unfortunately, every once in a while, our filter breaks down and we say or do something that we regret. While behavior is important, it was not Jesus’ priority when he came to earth. Jesus came to save and transform the heart. With that in mind, how is your heart?
1. In Proverbs 4, Solomon passes on wisdom to his son that he received from his father. What is something you were taught as a child by someone you would consider wise that you are trying to pass on to others [children or other people you care about]?
2. People deal with anger in different ways. Some people spew and others stew. How did the home you grew up in deal with anger? How has that affected you?
3. The scriptures talk about anger quite a bit and make clear that being angry itself is not a sin. Read Ephesians 4:26 and Matthew 21:12-13. If you are a follower of Christ, you should be angry at things that would anger Jesus. What are some examples of this kind of anger in your life? Instead of sinning, how should we respond to these things?
4. Pastor Chris asserted that the root of anger is when someone owes you. They may have taken your childhood, marriage, opportunity, reputation, dream, innocence, value, _______. Would you be transparent enough to share a time when someone took something from you, stirring anger in your heart?
5. Ephesians 4:32 tells us to forgive one another. In this context the word forgive means to pardon. It is when you owe something, but don’t have to pay it back. Why is pardoning someone so hard?
6. How is God demonstrating his love and grace to us by encouraging us to forgive others? Why is forgiveness important?
One of the most important things we can do is remember the gracious work God has done in our life. He loved and forgave us when we didn’t deserve it. This week read through Matthew 18:21-35 and reflect on the power of forgiveness.