Welcome back to online Bible study for women, today we complete our Wonderstruck study by Margaret Feinberg. What an amazing six weeks of Bible study! Margaret framed the topics of divine expectation, God’s presence, rest, prayer, friendship and forgiveness. I hope you did not miss a single lesson in your workbook….the discoveries we made are key ingredients to living a fruitful Christian life.
We’ve finished week six in our workbooks and ended our Bible study focused on forgiveness. We’ve got some great questions for small group discussion this week, so please visit one of the groups since this is the last week for Wonderstruck discussions. The final group will be Sunday morning with Sonya Nelson.
Our focus this week has been on how God forgives you personally. The Bible is rich with stories of forgiveness and grace extended to the undeserving. Allow freedom to sink into your heart when you forgive others. Realize that the consequence of unforgiveness is bitterness, resentment and anger. Don’t let that marinate in your heart! If you struggle in this area, pray constantly and ask the Lord to teach you to forgive. Stop telling yourself “my whole family is this way” and stop playing a victim. It’s time to realize that we are Daughters of the King, not victims. We are forgiven and free. It’s time our words and actions reflect Christ.
True forgiveness will leave you wonderstruck, when you recognize that God is the author of your life.
You can write a book based on resentment, bitterness, anger and hurts….or you can write a book on freedom, forgiveness and love. If you author with God…you can easily see which book you would choose I love the fact that God already has a “publication date” and knows the contents of my book. See Psalm 139
Forgiving others takes the burden and puts it at the foot of the cross. I don’t need to carry the weight because I am truly free by nail pierced hands. There is struggle in freedom, sometimes its even ugly, yet in the end we come out as a beautiful child of God. Sometimes I need to remind myself “Jesus loves her too” and then I see someone from His perspective. It would grieve the Holy Spirit if I did not forgive someone He loves. I need to frame my thoughts through scripture.
Embrace freedom. Live wonderstruck in the Presence of the Lord. After these last six weeks of Bible study, you should have a new vision and an expectation of wonder. May the Lord continue to awaken you to the wonders…from now until eternity.
Our Prayer Wall has many requests, so please visit the page during the week and pray for these women who are asking for your help. If you have a prayer request, post a comment on the wall.
Group Discussion- Answer below or with your small group
- When have you seen a person forgive someone else that was particularly powerful or meaningful for you? (page 138)
- How does reflecting on God’s forgiveness, and the experience of creating the list of 30 things God has forgiven you, strengthen your resolve to forgive others? (page 141)
- When have you felt like a prisoner of unforgiveness? (page 151)
- How does forgiving others make you feel freer? (page 153)
- After completing this study, how does nurturing a sense of divine expectation and praying for wonder make you more sensitive to God in your own life?