Forgiving Friends Who Betray Us (Two Women in Solomon's Court)
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Presentation text taken from the book, Wounded Women of the Bible: Finding Hope When Life Hurts (Kregel, 2013), co-written by Tina Samples

Presentation text taken from the book, Wounded Women of the Bible: Finding Hope When Life Hurts (Kregel, 2013), co-written by Tina Samples

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Forgiving Friends Who Betray Us (Two Women in Solomon's Court) Forgiving Friends Who Betray Us (Two Women in Solomon's Court) Presentation Transcript

  • TwoWomen in Solomon’sCourt Friend or Foe?
  • “And when you stand praying, if you hold anythingagainst anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heavenmay forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25  Both women were wounded: one by a loss that was unthinkable, the other by an act that was unbelievable.  Grief causes us to do strange things.  When has a friend hurt you? Did you find it hard to forgive?  The word ‘vulnerable’ comes from the Latin word for ‘wound’; it means, literally, woundable.  The temptation is to shut off; but God wants us to heal so we can risk relationships again.
  • “Blessedis the one whosetransgressions areforgiven, whosesins are covered. Blessedis the one whosesin the LORD does not countagainst them andin whose spirit is nodeceit.” Ps. 32:1-2  Jesus hurts with us (Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ death—”Jesus wept.”). He longs to comfort us in our grief.  God will bring us to a place where we can forgive, in His power.  God calls us to forgive because He forgave us.  Not forgiving is like eating poison and waiting for the rat to die.
  • “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” Isaiah 43:18  Gratitude is a skill that can be developed. Joy comes from living with a grateful heart.  Am I holding onto something that I need to let go of?What is God chiseling away in me? Am I being obedient, or am I resisting?  With Him, ALL things are possible. Even forgiving the worst betrayal imaginable.
  • “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32  God conforms us to the image of His son, and much of that comes through trials.  Later, we will be able to give hope to others with the healing we have received from Jesus.  In God’s economy, our wounded places become ministry spaces.