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-Just Say... ‘Sorry’-

Ice-Breaker:

Share with the group a time when “sorry” was very difficult to say and how freeing it was after you apologized.

Questions:

1. Read Acts 5:1-12.

  • What was wrong with what Ananias and Sapphira did when they sold their possessions and gave a portion to the community?
  • What do you think their motivation might have been?

2. Read Psalm 139:23-24 and James 5:16.

  • What does the Psalmist ask God to do and for what purpose?
  • What does James ask Christians to do and for what purpose?

3. Do you consider yourself a ‘decent Christian’ (‘I’m not perfect, but I’m way better than most’)? How does God see you?

4. Read 2 Corinthians 12:9. How is it that God’s grace and strength/power is perfected in weakness?

5. Discuss your experience with the following statements:

  • “When people hide, people die. When people get real, people get healed.”
  • “You are as sick as your secrets.”
  • “You can only be fully loved if you’re fully known.”

Application:

Does pride ever get in the way of you saying “sorry”? What is one step you will take this week to help you overcome your pride barrier?

Personal Application:

Do an honest and searching moral inventory.

  • Set aside a time to be alone and go through the 7 deadly sins – pride, anger, lust, envy, gluttony, greed and laziness. Ask God to help you see where these are in your thoughts and behavior.

Confess your defects to God, yourself and another person.

  • Do this on a regular basis. When considering who you will confess to, ask someone you know well and trust fully.

Do whatever you can to make right what you have made wrong.

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