What are some ways that you feel like you’re letting people down?
If you had to describe the way God feels about you right now, what would you say?
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? (Romans 2:4 NLT)
God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant (Romans 5:20 NLT).
Why is it so much easier to believe that God is angry, frustrated, and fed up than it is to believe that He’s kind, tolerant, and patient?
When do you have a hard time believing God is for you?
What are some lies about God you tend to believe?
What are some positive truths that could replace those lies?
How can we, as a small group, remind each other of those truths?
Lord, thank you for your relentless love. Remind us this week that you are kind, tolerant, and patient. Help us to remember the positive truths this week, as we seek to see your love in the world and people around us. Amen.
(Name), may God's grace be sufficient for you today!
This week we looked at the story of Rahab (who was a prostitute) in Joshua 2:1-5 and a follow up to Rahab in Matthew 1:5 where we see Jesus' family tree and the inclusion of Rahab.
Below is a list of people in the Bible who had a flaw, someone we would tend to look at and say "They are not worthy of God for God to use them."
Do you feel like God couldn’t possibly use you? Remember:
~ Noah was a drunk
~ Abraham and Sarah were too old
~ Isaac was a daydreamer
~ Jacob was a liar
~ Leah was ugly
~ Joseph was abused
~ Moses stuttered
~ Gideon was afraid
~ Samson had long hair and was a womanizer
~ Rahab was a prostitute
~ Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
~ David was an adulterer and a murderer
~ Elijah was suicidal
~ Isaiah preached naked
~ Jonah ran from God
~ Naomi was a widow
~ Job went bankrupt
~ Peter denied Christ
~ The disciples fell asleep while praying
~ Martha worried about everything
~ The Samaritan woman was divorced (more than once)
~ Zacchaeus was too small
~ Paul was too religious
~ Lazarus was dead
Before we think God cannot use use or the people around us, remember to assume the best and let God handle the rest!
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