“Floored by Forgiveness” – Luke 15:11-20 – Pastor Bruce Lerum
Human judgement clouds our willingness to be Jesus-like.
Forgiveness sometimes means digging deep into who we want to be.
Luke 15:19 “I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.”
Who we are often holds us back from becoming who God wants us to be.
Our perspective is either our prison or our passport.
Acts 2:37 “Brothers, what shall we do?”
His father could have been unhappy that the son had squandered his inheritance.
The generosity of God’s forgiveness gives way to our giving more than forgiveness.
Luke 15:20 “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him…”
1. In the story of “The Lost Son,” did the word “forgiveness” ever come out of the father’s mouth?
2. Do you believe that the son knew he was forgiven?
3. God’s forgiveness to us is not predicated on our deserving it. How does justifying forgiveness complicate it?
4. God is most generous in his forgiveness of us. How much of that forgiveness do we deserve?
5. A change in us makes forgiveness easier. What kind of change do you find to be necessary in you?