Weekly Scripture Quiz

Quiz 20 – Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a cornerstone of healthy relationships. It acts as a healing balm, mending wounds of betrayal, misunderstanding, and hurt, enabling us to move forward with love and understanding.

One of the most important references to forgiveness can be found in Matthew’s Gospel. Matthew underscores the necessity of forgiving repeatedly, a principle of endless grace and mercy that mirrors God’s own unbounded forgiveness towards us.

In Ephesians 4:31-32, Paul urges us to “forgive as God forgave you.”

Reflecting on these scriptures, it becomes apparent that forgiveness is more than a mere act—it is an attitude, a way of life. It requires us to let go of resentment and animosity, replacing them with understanding and compassion. In relationships, this act of forgiveness can foster a nurturing and supportive environment where love flourishes.

Moreover, forgiveness does not merely benefit the forgiven, but perhaps even more so the forgiver. It unshackles us from the chains of resentment and pain, allowing us to experience true peace, grace, and spiritual growth.

How well do you know your scripture about forgiving?

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1. Matthew 18:21-22: What is the key message Jesus delivers to Peter about the frequency of forgiveness?

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2. In Matthew Chapter 6 Jesus gives us a “code of conduct” on how to live a life modelled on his teachings.  He includes how to pray, including what we now call the ‘Our Father’ or ‘Lord’s Prayer’. In the Lord’s prayer we pray, …” forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us…”  In this chapter Matthew also says this about forgiving others:

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3. In Ephesians Chapter 4, What emotional states and behaviours are Christians urged to discard?

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