Corrie Ten Boom was a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust. She said this in reference to her captors, “Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize the pris- oner was you”. Corrie realized that she was not only to receive God’s forgiveness, but she was also to give her forgiveness to others, even her enemies.
Forgiveness is a foundational biblical truth. It is so important because God commands that we forgive others. The Bible is very clear that if we refuse to forgive others, God will not forgive us (Matthew 6:14–16). God expects us to model His example of forgiveness by extending forgive- ness when someone has wronged us—no matter how many times we are wronged. God has for- given us thousands of times, and He will continue to forgive us when we ask (I John 1:9). He ex- pects no less from His children. Instead of turning away in anger and bitterness when we have been wronged, we need to follow God’s example of the unlimited capacity to forgive.
Practice repentance and forgiveness. Repentance means turning away from one thing and turning toward something else. Repentance requires a genuine sorrow for your sin against God. It is an inward change of attitude and an outward change of action. This will build healthy relationships.
“We cannot be right with God when we are wrong with others” (Lehman Strauss).
Last week we learned about a covenant that God made with King David.
David wanted to build a temple for the Ark of the Lord, but God said that He did not need David to build a temple. God promised David three things—a house, a kingdom, and a throne that would last forever.
How did God fulfill His promise about David’s throne lasting forever?
God was not speaking of David’s rule on earth over Israel. God was making David a promise that one of his descendants would be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! One thousand years later, King Jesus would arrive from the line of David and fulfill the promise that God had made to David.
* This is the most important part of family worship. If you don’t have time to do anything else, be sure to do this section.
After learning more from 2 Samuel, it would be worth seeing the overview song again. Go online and search YouTube for “The Fabulous Bentley Brothers – 2 Samuel” by Buck Denver from What’s in the Bible.
Talk About It
- In the beginning of this story, what was David doing? It was spring time, and he should have been with his army at war; instead he was home resting. While on his roof, he looked down and saw a beautiful woman named Bathsheba.
- When David saw this woman what did he do? Even though David was married, and Bath- sheba was married, David told his servants to have her brought to the palace. She came, they slept together, and she became pregnant.
- David wanted to hide his sin. What was his plan? His first plan was to bring Uriah, Bath- sheba’s husband, back from the war to go home to his wife. Uriah did not go home. David’s second plan was to send Uriah to the front of the battle so he would be killed.
- What did God think about what David had done? At the end of chapter 11 we learn that God was not pleased. David had lusted, murdered, and lied.
- God sent the prophet, Nathan, to confront David. What did Nathan say to show David his sin? Nathan told David a story about a rich man that stole a lamb from a poor man. David was furious and wanted the rich man punished. Nathan told David that he had done something even worse than the rich man when he stole Bathsheba and murdered Uriah. Nathan also told David that God would discipline him for his sin, that his family would suffer, and his new baby would die.
- How did David respond to this terrible news? He said “I have sinned against the Lord.” Then Nathan told him “The Lord has taken away your sin.” Psalm 51 records David’s confes- sion. Although David was forgiven, he still had to suffer the consequences—his son died.
This story is an example of how terrible sin is, and how merciful God is when we confess our sin. Him. Because Jesus died on the cross, we can be forgiven of any sin—no matter how terrible it is. We may still have to face the consequences of our sin, as David did, but God will forgive us and give us a fresh start.
Spend your prayer time focusing on confession. Consider kneeling together on the floor or around a coffee table. Begin your time with 2–3 minutes of silence. Encourage each person to consider what Jesus did for us through His death and resurrection.
Do: Family Night
- Ahead of time, cut up 3×5 pieces of paper (4 for each child)
- Draw a heart onto a full sheet of paper (1 for each child)
- Have child wad up paper into balls
- Glue the balls onto a blank piece of paper making a large lump in the heart
- Explain that the lump is like sin making our hearts look ugly
- Give each child another sheet of paper and ask them to cover up the lump. No matter how hard he/she tries, the sin still shows
- Only Jesus can take away his/her sin
David Sinned and was Restored (lesson for Vista Dublin 11/2/14)