Prepared by William Earnhardt for Sabbath School class, Sabbath August 14, 2021.
Main Theme: Forgiveness frees us from the bitterness that keeps us from reaching our full potential. Forgiveness opens the door all of God’s blessings.
Read Together Genesis 42:21-24. Discuss what happened in this passage.
Study: What did Joseph hear that helped him confirm his brothers were truly sorry for what they did to him?
Apply: Put yourself in the brother’s sandals. When they sensed their guilt how could they make things right? They had no clue there was still opportunity to make amends with Joseph but what about their father? For additional teacher’s resources see and read the 7 A’s of reconciliation.
Share: Ask the class if someone can share a testimony they experienced or witnessed first hand where forgiveness and reconciliation took place?
Read Together Matthew 18:21-35. Share with each other the main idea of this passage.
Study: Why did the master forgive the servant? Did the servant ask for forgiveness or more time to pay the debt? Why might it be important to note that the servant was not asking for forgiveness but only more time to pay the debt? For additional teacher’s resources see and read See and read Forgiveness in Light of the Cross.
Apply: How does Jesus dying on the cross help us to forgive?
Share: A friend shares with you that her ex-husband cheated on her and left her, and even after the divorce she feels hatred, resentment and bitterness that will not go away. How can you help your friend?
Read Together Genesis 45:1-15. Discuss the main idea of this passage.
Study: What signs do we see here that Joseph is not blaming his brothers for his misfortunes in life? What exactly did Joseph accomplish that makes him feel more like a victor than a victim?
Apply: How does blaming others hold us back from reaching our full potential even if that blame is justifiable? See Philippians 4:13.
Share: Ask class members to share an experience where God helped them to succeed after a setback. For additional teacher’s resources read Even With bad Breaks we are More Than Conquerors.
Read Together Genesis 50:15-21. identify the main idea of the passage.
Study: Why were Joseph’s brothers afraid Joseph may still retaliate?
Application: Have you ever been tempted to retaliate even after claiming to forgive someone? What does one need to do when this happens?
Share: Can you think of someone who would be encouraged by the story of Joseph? Can you make time to share it with them this week?
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. James 1:22 NLT