April 15, 2018
Rise Above: Freedom From Offense
Proverbs 19:11; Ephesians 4:1-2; Matthew 5:43-47; Matthew 13:54-58
1. Read Proverbs 19:11. What things in life offend you the most? Why? How did you respond the last time you were offended? Why do you think God directs us to “overlook an offense”?
2. Read Ephesians 4:2. Do you think people on the whole are more easily offended today? If yes, why? How can we be a witness of Paul’s words in Ephesians?
3. Read Matthew 5:43-47. Why are Jesus’ words so difficult (or even offensive to some)? Why is it so hard to love those who offend us? Yet, why is it so important to love those who offend us?
4. Read Matthew 13:54-58. Like this passage, how do we miss out on God’s work in this world when we live in constant offense?
What is the difference between finding something offensive and then constantly being offended? Why is this distinction important?
Looking ahead to next week’s topic, do you believe it is possible to be friends (or at least friendly) with someone that offends you? Why or why not? If you are not friends with them, do you think you can show love to them? Why or why not?