True and False Fasting

Isaiah 58

1 “Cry aloud; do not hold back;
lift up your voice like a trumpet;
declare to my people their transgression,
to the house of Jacob their sins.

2 Yet they seek me daily
and delight to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that did righteousness
and did not forsake the judgment of their God;
they ask of me righteous judgments;
they delight to draw near to God.

3 ‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not?
Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’
Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure,
and oppress all your workers.

4 Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight
and to hit with a wicked fist.
Fasting like yours this day
will not make your voice to be heard on high.

5 Is such the fast that I choose,
a day for a person to humble himself?
Is it to bow down his head like a reed,
and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?
Will you call this a fast,
and a day acceptable to the Lord?

6 “Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed2 go free,
and to break every yoke?

7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,

10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.

11 And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.

12 And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to dwell in.

13 “If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath,
from doing your pleasure on my holy day,
and call the Sabbath a delight
and the holy day of the Lord honorable;
if you honor it, not going your own ways,
or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly;

14 then you shall take delight in the Lord,
and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;
I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

1.  Read Matthew 6:16-18.  What does Jesus say about fasting in these verses?

2.  How does Jesus’ teaching on fasting compare/contrast to the verses above from Isaiah 58?

3.  What are some right ways and good motives to fast?  What are some wrong ways or hypocritical motives for fasting?

Temptation

Read Matthew 5:13
“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]”

Wedged in between the verses on forgiveness (Matthew 12, 14-15) is the prayer many of us pray in our weakness:

Lord lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil.

Early in my Christian walk I would absolutely beat myself up over temptation. And my greatest temptation was alcohol. I hesitate to even write about alcohol because I know I’ll be labeled a legalist and this will automatically become controversial, so let me go on the record and say:

I have alcoholism flowing through my veins; it runs on both sides of my family. My relationship with alcohol was not, and is not healthy, and is not honoring to God. I am not referring to any and all drinking, I don’t think everyone needs to abstain from alcohol, and I make that disclaimer here: Am I a Legalist if I Don’t Drink?

I’m referring to the fact that I used alcohol for one reason only and that was to get absolutely drunk, which is why it was so tempting to me.

I would have physical cravings and desires to get drunk and I would feel absolutely awful that it consumed my thought life as much as it did. So much so, that my husband had to remind me that sin is not being tempted, it’s giving into temptation. In other words, my desire to drink or temptation to get drunk was different than going to the store and buying a bottle of tequila to drink that night at home, by myself.

Moving on . . .

I realized that part of my temptation was the fact that I was walking right into temptation and trying to white knuckle it. I would meet friends at bars and think I’d be fine to just withstand temptation, 2 hours later guess who’s taking shots and dancing on barstools?

I realized that Jesus doesn’t teach us to pray “Lord, make me strong during temptation”, he teaches us to pray “Lead me not into temptation.”

I didn’t accidentally end up in a bar, I willingly drove there. No one gave me 3 bottles of wine; I went to the store and bought them.

I had to realize that temptation starts with the first step. Either I’m pursuing a path of obedience or I’m pursuing the path of temptation. Instead of going to the bar, thinking I’d just say no to shots of tequila, I had to back up a bit and just say no to going to the bar. “Lead me not into temptation”, boom there, done. Surrendering my desire and stopping my feet from taking the next step is how I fight temptation and am delivered from evil.

“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Temptation is like a lion. You don’t have to unlock the cage and willingly get in. You can just keep walking by. Once you’re in, you can call out for deliverance, sure! But isn’t it better to just keep out? Lead me not into the lion’s den, oh LORD.

While drinking isn’t a struggle like it once was, I can say this prayer for just about anything in my life. Lead me not into temptation. Let it stop before I’m delivered up.

I know that staying out of bars my whole life isn’t what removes temptation; it’s surrendering my life and my struggles to Jesus. Remembering that the Gospel that not only saves, but also gives me new life is the only way to surrender sin and be delivered from evil. Remembering what Christ has saved me from and what He saved me to is the way out. The Cross-and that alone is my way out.

1. How are sin and temptation different?

2. In what ways are you being tempted to sin right now?

3. Are there things you can do to keep from being led into temptation? Are there people in your life you can help you be accountable?

Forgiveness

Read Matthew 6:12, 14-15
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”

One of the hardest things to do, one of the greatest obstacles in life, is to forgive those that have hurt you. And yet, forgiveness is the key to the Gospel and freedom.

Jesus tells a story in Luke 7 that teaches much about forgiveness.

“36 Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, 38 and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.”

40 And Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.” 41 “A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.” 44 Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. 47 For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” 49 Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?” 50 And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

If we have been forgiven most, than we should be the most forgiving. When we truly understand the Gospel, when we truly understand God’s forgiveness with us, we should have no response but to be forgiving toward others.

Those who have been forgiven much should love much.

1. List some ways Jesus talks about forgiveness in Matthew 6:12-15.

2. In what ways do you struggle to forgive others? Write out an action step you can take this week to forgive.

3. When did you understand God’s forgiveness toward you? Remember that today, and preach the Gospel of grace and forgiveness to yourself this week.

Our Daily Bread

 “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 5:11)

Many of us don’t know what it is like to live in reliance to just our daily sustenance. We may not be rich or well off, perhaps we’re even on a grocery budget, but praying for God to provide our daily bread is far from our tongues.

My friends tease me because I keep very little groceries in our house. We keep the minimum amount of food needed for 2 people, and we eat nearly all of the left overs so we don’t waste any food. And even in our home, if I didn’t go grocery shopping for a week, I’d still have enough food to survive. Sure we’d eat some weird meals, but I wouldn’t starve. I have a refrigerator and a pantry, and if I had to make bean burrito sandwiches and serve them with green olives, I could.

We as Americans really don’t know what it’s like to rely on God for our needs. I think when we can afford iPhones, cable TV, hair dye, and make-up; we’re a little out of touch of what “daily bread” really is.

Imagine for a moment you literally had no idea where your next meal was coming from. Not your next paycheck to make your car payment or credit card bill, but your next meal.  As in you have so little, you don’t know what you will eat for lunch in 3 hours.

This is how Jesus is teaching us to pray. He’s teaching us to pray for manna, not for Costco. He’s teaching us to rely on Him daily, to look to Him to meet our need each day.

Proverbs 30:7-9 says:

“Two things I asked of You, 
Do not refuse me before I die: 
Keep deception and lies far from me,
Give me neither poverty nor riches;
Feed me with the food that is my portion,
That I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?”
Or that I not be in want and steal,
And profane the name of my God.

Giving us abundance makes us self-sufficient. Giving us too little makes us beg, steal, and borrow. Giving us just enough makes us thank God and trust in Him.

Give us today our daily bread. Lord would you meet our need.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, 
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”

(Lamentations 3:24)

 

  1. What is the meaning of “daily bread”?
  1. What are some of the daily needs you have?
  1. In what ways do you trust God to provide? In what ways are you more self-sufficient?

 

 

 

Your Kingdom Come

Read Matthew 6:10

“Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.”

Paul Tripp has a line from his book on marriage “What Did You Expect” that says something like this:

 Are you more interested in building your kingdom, or God’s Kingdom?

 In other words, is your life, all that you’re pursuing, spending time on, fighting for and praying for, building up your kingdom or is it for God’s kingdom?

If I’m honest, a lot of what I do is about my Kingdom. My career, my house, my family, my preferences, my comfort, and my desires. Not that all of my desires are opposed to God and His kingdom, but at the forefront of my mind I pray more often for my kingdom than I do His.

When I pray for that new job, is it to further God’s plan for my life or is it to make a little more money so I can buy a little more stuff?

When I pray for God to remove my difficult circumstance, is it to further His kingdom and His work in my life, or is it because I’d rather be comfortable in my own little Kingdom?

When I pray for escrow to close on my dream home, is that really about God’s kingdom or my own?

I could make a list 1,000 miles long. I so often put myself and my desires at the top of my prayer list rather than “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

But I take heart, because we get a little glimpse into Jesus’s prayer life in the Garden of Gethsemane: “And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” (Luke 22:41-42)

Even Jesus asked God to remove His suffering. But, above that request, was “not my will, but Yours be done.”

So while I may ask for things that build up my Kingdom, ultimately I ask but not my will, but Yours be done.

We get to be a part of actively building into “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” I don’t know about you but getting to be a part of building God’s kingdom on earth and into eternity puts building into my own kingdom to shame. I’d much rather be a part of “Your Kingdom come” than building up my own.

 

1.  What are some differences between your kingdom and God’s kingdom?

2.  Is it a struggle to pray for God’s will to be done?  Why or why not?

3.  Take some time today to pray these verses above, with specific things you may need to lay down at the foot of the Cross.

Our Father in Heaven

Read Matthew 6:9

“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven, 
Hallowed be Your name.”

Most of us, when we enter into prayer, are so focused on us and our circumstances, we dive right into our requests, our needs, our desires. Notice where Jesus teaches us to start?

Our Father, who is in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name.

We start by focusing on who God is. We reset our hearts to a humble place and a slowed pace, and remember who God is, by knowing His name.

There is much to be said about a name. Knowing who God is helps us not only to worship Him, but to trust Him in faith. Take some time today and look up some of His names below.

NAMES OF GOD IN SCRIPTURE

Elohim (God, Mighty Creator) Gen. 1:1, Ps. 102
El Roi (The God Who Sees Me) Gen. 16:12-14, Ps. 33:13-15, 18-19
El Shaddai (God Almighty) Gen. 17:1-2, Ps. 91, Prov. 18:10
El Olam (The Everlasting God) Gen. 21:32-33, Ps. 90, Isa. 40:28-31
Yahweh Yireh (The Lord Will Provide) Gen. 22:13-14, 1 Cor. 10:12-13
Yahweh (LORD) Ex. 3:12-15, Ps. 103
Adonai (Lord, Master) Ps. 16:2, Ps. 62:11-12, Ps. 73:25-26
Yahweh Rophe (The Lord Who Heals) Ex. 15:26, Isa. 53:4-5
Yahweh Nissi (The Lord My Banner) Ex. 17:8-15, John 3:14-15
Esh Oklah (Consuming Fire) Deut. 4:23-24, Heb. 12:28-29
El Kanna (Jealous God) Ex. 34:14, Ex. 34:14
Qedosh Yisrael (Holy One of Israel) Lev. 19:1-2, Isa. 6:1-7
Yahweh Shalom (The Lord is Peace) Judges 6:22-24, Phil. 4:6-9
Yahweh Tsebaoth (The Lord of Hosts) 1 Sam. 17:45-46, Ps. 46:6-7
Yahweh Tsuri (The Lord My Rock) Ps. 144:1, 2 Sam. 22:2-4
Yahweh Roi (The Lord is My Shepherd) Ps. 23, Isa. 40:10-11
Hashem (The Name) 1 Kings 8:28-29, Ps. 30:4, Isa. 50:10-11
Melek (King) Ps. 72:1-3, Ps. 97:1-4, Mat.25:34
Ish (Husband) Hosea 2:16, 19-20, Isa. 54:5-8
El Chay (Living God) Deut. 5:26, Joshua 3:9-10
Maon, Machseh (Dwelling Place, Refuge) Ps. 91:1-2, Ps. 9:9-10, Ps. 61:1-3
Shophet (Judge) Ps. 94:2-15, Ps. 96:10-13
Miqweh Yisrael (Hope of Israel) Jer. 17:7-8, 13, Heb. 6:19, Ps. 46:2-3
Yahweh Tsidqenu (The Lord our Righteousness) Jer. 23:5-6, 1 Peter 2:24
El Elyon (God Most High) Dan. 4:34, Ps. 97:9, Luke 6:35-36
Yahweh Shammah (The Lord is There) Ezek. 48:35, Isa. 63:9, Ps. 139
Abba (Father) Luke 15:20, John 10:27-30

When we pray, let us start by remembering the One to whom we’re praying.  Let us call on His name with reverence and gratitude.  For His name is above all names, and He alone can answer our prayers.

1. List some of the new names for God you’ve learned above.

2. When you pray, do you take time to worship first and bless God’s name? Why or why not?

3. How can you slow your pace in prayer and begin to actively recall His goodness and His attributes in prayer?

The Lord’s Prayer

Read Matthew 6:5-15

When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
 Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
 On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]

For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them one thing. It wasn’t “Jesus teach us how to cast out demons, teach us how to multiply bread, teach us how to raise dead people to life!” it was “Lord, teach us how to pray.”

It was said that there was a Rabbi who would pray from corner to corner, daily, reciting the same prayer in one spot, moving over another step, reciting the same prayer again, moving over another step, reciting the prayer, etc. He would do this over and over, from corner to corner, until he arrived back where he started.

That is the kind of prayer Jesus is referring to here, the kind of prayer that is more worried about the meticulous place or the exact words, the kind that is more like superstition and OCD than it is like a relationship.

Prayer is hard. It is a spiritual discipline. It is learned, practiced, and relational. We have turned prayer into a mockery. We have turned prayer into useless repetition, superstitious phrases, and mindless/heartless chatter. Really no different than what Jesus is talking about here.

Over the next week, we’ll look at each of Jesus instructions on prayer, and ask the LORD just as His disciples did “LORD, teach us to pray.”

  1. According to this passage, what is Jesus’ warning to us regarding prayer?
  1. Write down or circle any repeating words or phrases from yesterday’s passage with giving.
  1. What obstacles keep you from praying? How can you pray less like what’s mentioned in verses 5-8 and more like Jesus?

Beware of Practicing Your Righteousness

Read Matthew 6:1-4

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”

“Hypocrites originally referred to Greek actors who wore different masks to play various roles. Jesus criticizes the religious leaders, most notably the Pharisees, for a particular form of hypocrisy: doing the right things for the wrong reasons. To give to the needy was one of the pillars of piety, but the religious leaders gave to the needy in order to be praised by others.” (ESV Study Bible)

We can do good things with bad motives. We can do wrong even as we’re doing right. In other words, we can be doing good things, religious things to be noticed by our friends, neighbors, even pastors and not for an audience of One. In our giving and our living if we are more concerned with how we appear to others, than we are concerned with obedience and delight unto the LORD, we may be doing the very thing Jesus warns us about in this passage.

We may be practicing our righteousness to be seen. Jesus again is warning us that our heart motives matter more than the action of our hands. If we are trying to earn God’s favor, or approval of others, by what we do, than we’re missing the entire point of the Gospel. We work with our hands because God has done a work in our hearts.

If we only read our bibles to post a picture of it on Instagram, we may be missing it.
If we serve the poor to get a pat on the back, we may be missing it.
If our service to the church is so our pastor will thank us, we may be missing it.

We live for an audience of One. We serve and give out of an overflow of God’s grace His given to us. We don’t work for earthly reward, we work for heavenly reward. If we are still trying to impress others and receive their approval, we need to sink deeply into our identity in Christ and remember we are already approved because of His work on the Cross.

We give because He gave first. We do for others, because Jesus has done for us.

We live for an audience of One.

1.  List some of the ways Jesus tells us to give and serve according to this passage.

2.  What are some ways you may seek approval from others or give in order to be seen others?

3.  Jesus is not saying we are never to give, but to pay attention to the motive of our hearts.  What are some ways you can give to others with right motives?  Take some time to pray about how God might have you give your time, talent, and treasure to those around you this week.

Love Your Enemies

Read Matthew 5:43-48

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It is easy to love those just like us. I get along with people who look like me, think like me, have the same interests and beliefs as me. It’s easy to love people who love me back. I can help a friend up because I know when I fall, she’ll do the same. It’s easy to sit with a friend during her pain and suffering, because I know she’d do the same for me.

You know when it’s hard to love?
When people don’t love you back.
Or even worse, when people reject your love and push you away.
When people hate you or aren’t like you, and take from you, and oppose you.

The hardest place to love is on enemy territory.

Remember just a few verses before in the Sermon on the Mount, we’re getting slapped in the face and our coats stolen, and Jesus tells us turn the other cheek and give up your stuff willingly?  Now he’s telling us not only to walk the extra mile, but also to do it in love.

Lean into that for moment.

You’ve been slapped in the face, robbed, and forced to walk a mile with that person. Jesus doesn’t say at the end of this, good you’ve done the right thing you can now return. He takes it to the next level and says: “Now, love them.”

There was a season of such difficulty in one of my relationships; I just didn’t know what to do anymore. I felt so broken, and at times so hardened, over how to make it right and had no answers. I sought the LORD, and His response was simple: “Love her”. I thought, “I do! I am loving her!” Again, He whispers to my heart “Love her”.

I realized God’s definition of love, and my definition of love was different.

Love is patient
Love is kind
And is not jealous;
Love does not brag
And is not arrogant,
Does not act unbecomingly;
It does not seek its own,
Is not provoked,
Does not take into account a wrong suffered,
Does not rejoice in unrighteousness,
But rejoices with the truth;
Bears all things,
Believes all things,
Hopes all things,
Endures all things.
-1 Corinthians 13:4-7

My definition of love is conditional. God’s definition of love is unconditional.

Love is long suffering, and it doesn’t just “love” those that love you back. It loves those that have slapped you in the face and stolen from you. It loves those that have hurt you, gossiped about you, utter false things about you, broken trust, even declared you an enemy.  Love, even looks it’s betrayer in the eyes, bends down, and washes his feet.

I don’t love like that.  Apart from Christ and His kind of love, I will never love my enemies.  At best, I barely love the lovable.  It is only through the perfect love of God, that I can attempt to love my enemies.  That is an other worldly kind of love.

  1. How does God’s definition of love in Matthew 5:43-48 compare to your definition of love?
  1. List some of the ways God defines love according to 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
  1. Who in your life is not easy to love? In what ways this week can you grow in your love for them?

 

 

 

 

Revenge and Retaliation

Read Matthew 5:38-42

“Don’t get mad . . . get even.”

We’ve all heard this saying, perhaps even said to someone or used it ourselves in a given situation.

Someone cuts you off; you speed up and cut them off. Someone makes a rude comment to you at work, so you make a rude comment back. Someone hurts you; you want to hurt them back. Someone’s taken something from you, you want to take it right back. It is only natural that when you’ve been wronged, you want to wrong that person back.

In the end, when we take revenge or try and retaliate, there is no winner. Both sides end up hurt. Or as my mother would say, “two wrongs don’t make a right”.

When we live according to our flesh and our human understanding, of course it’s only natural to retaliate. But living Christ-like is supernatural. Living according to Christ’s standards goes beyond “eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth”; it’s willingly giving up what is yours, even if it’s wrongfully taken.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer says in his book “The Cost of Discipleship”, “By willing endurance we cause suffering to pass. Evil becomes a spent force when we put up no resistance. By refusing to pay back the enemy in his own coin, and by preferring to suffer without resistance, the Christian exhibits the sinfulness of contumely and insult. Violence stands condemned by its failure to evoke counter-violence. When a man unjustly demands that I should give him my coat, I offer him my cloak also, and so counter his demand; when he requires me to go the other mile, I go willingly, and show up his exploitation of my service for what it is. To leave everything behind at the call of Christ is to be content with him alone, and to follow only him.”

In other words, as Christ followers we don’t need to need take matters into our own hands. We don’t worry about being wronged and trying to make it right. Revenge is not ours; retaliation has no place in the life of a believer. We leave that to God.

If we have truly been forgiven of all of our wrongdoing, if our Creator God is not demanding that we repay all that we’ve done wrong against Him, than we are to reflect that toward others. How can we willingly embrace God wiping our slate clean, and then turn around to our brother and retaliate?

Our posture as Christians is not “eye for an eye”, it’s denying ourselves, taking up our cross, and following Him.

  1. Read Romans 12:19-21. What are Paul’s instructions for us regarding revenge?
  1. How do you respond when someone has wronged you? What are some ways you can grow to respond more like Jesus?
  1. Write about a situation you need to surrender to the LORD and trust Him to make right.