Pastor John-Mark shares a dramatic monologue of the disciple Peter remembering the parable Jesus told in response to the question, “How often should I forgive someone who wrongs me?” (see Matthew 18:21–36). Our discussion together is engaging!
One of the principles we’ve been discussing is that the ancient concept of a “gift” (the everyday meaning of the Greek word charis) was deeply rooted in relationship. A gift always expects/requires a response from the receiver. What way(s) could you respond to God’s grace this week? Be practical!
The idea of having boundaries when others take advantage of grace/forgiveness is raised in our discussion. What principles could be applied in real-life situations? What do healthy boundaries look like in practice?
Pastor John-Mark leaves us on a bit of a cliff-hanger regarding Jesus’ warning at the parable’s end: “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you [i.e. punish] if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.” What do you think Jesus meant? How does this statement fit with the grace the king offered earlier in the parable? What does it say about God’s character?