Share about a time when you really wanted to put something into practice. Was it
dicult at first? Was there a payo or reward?
As we continue our series “Set Free,” we also continue our conversation from
last week on Jesus’ most famous and powerful teaching. Jesus comes to a people
bound by anger and unforgiveness, and he introduces the concept of forgiveness
and love for our enemy! Could this really be the route to freedom?
When you are angry with someone, what do you tend to do? Are you aggressive?
Do you withdraw? Do you rally supporters? What are your tactics?
Read Luke 6:37-38. Why is forgiveness so difficult?
Read Luke 6:39-40. “Blind” can mean a lack of wisdom or insight. What is the worst
advice that you ever received as to how to treat an enemy or someone who
harmed you? Did you follow that advice?
Read Luke 6:41-42. Think of the last situation or relationship in which you felt
wronged–in which harm was done to you and it hurt. What could you have owned
in the situation or relationship? What part did you play? Even though there was
much on their side, what was the log in your eye?
Read Luke 6:43-45. Jesus doesn’t simply want us clenching our fists to try to love an enemy while hating the fact that we’re doing it. Jesus believes that forgiveness and love for our enemy can eventually flow from our heart and be what we want to do! Have you ever experienced the desire to forgive and love an enemy flowing from your heart as the natural course of action?
Read Luke 6:46-49. Talk about the idea of “putting something into practice.” Where do you start? How does it feel at first? What are some obstacles? Do you some- times want to give up? What happens as you persevere?
If followers of Jesus took forgiveness and loving enemies more seriously, how would that change marriages, families, churches, businesses, neighborhoods, and the world?
Share with the group what hit you or stood out to you most during the discussion,
and ask for prayer.
Read Luke 6:46-49. Spiritual formation (or becoming like Jesus) is based on practicing the life of Jesus. Rabbis in Jesus’ day expected their students to put their beliefs into practice, not only in the big picture but also in the details. A student was to watch the Rabbi, observe exactly how the rabbi did something, and seek to copy the teacher. This was called disciple- ship–putting into practice the teaching of a rabbi. As we consider our Rabbi’s teaching on loving our enemies, we must watch Jesus, observe exactly how he lived, and seek to copy him, if we want the life that he called life.
Luke 7 Psalm 48
Luke 8 Psalm 49
Luke 9 Psalm 50
Luke 10 Psalm 51
Luke 11 Psalm 52
Luke 12 Psalm 53