"Is it Okay if Nobody Gets Hurt?"
Sin Hurts Me; It Hurts You; It Hurts God
Psalm 32:1-5; Romans 5:12; Galatians 6:7-10; Ephesians 4:30
Read Galatians 6:7-10.
How have you experienced the consequences of planting seeds of death as described in this passage? seeds of life?
Read Romans 5:12 and Ephesians 4:30.
-Eating a piece of fruit didn’t seem like a big deal to Adam at the time, but it made a big, big difference...for all eternity.
-How do you think even little sins hurt God? hurt you? hurt others?
-What sin, if any, can you do that won’t really hurt you or someone else? Explain.
Read Psalm 32:1-5.
-How does sin hurt you and your relationship with God?
-How can God’s forgiveness change the effects of the bad decisions you’ve made?
-Write a couple of reasons you’re thankful for God’s forgiveness below, and think about how that forgiveness saves you from hurt.
-Squeeze out all the toothpaste in the tube onto a plate.
-Try to put it back in.
-It is hard to put the toothpaste back in just like it is hard to take back the words that come out of our mouth. Sometimes those words hurt and forgiveness is needed.
– Clear glass bowl
– Liquid soap
– Black pepper
Colossians 3:13 says to “bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Obviously, it is very hard to forgive others or the Apostle Paul would not have said this. Let’s see what happens in this experiment with pepper and soap and see what it can teach us about forgiveness.
– Fill clear glass bowl with water.
– Sprinkle black pepper into the bowl.
– Drop liquid soap into the center of the bowl.
Water molecules generally adhere to each other–until something comes along that is either heavy enough or powerful enough to separate them. When this is not the case, water molecules will line up in a way that gives the top of the water surface tension. Because pepper flakes are so light and do not absorb water, they will float in the tension.Soap is able to break down the surface tension of water, which is a reason why soap is such a good cleaner. As the soap moves into the water, the surface tension starts to change. In attempt to maintain what surface tension it can, the water molecules pull back away from the soap and carry the pepper along with them.
The pepper is a little like our sins. The soap is like our thinking, which tends to push sins like un-forgiveness to the edge of our minds so we don’t have to think about it. But while it is no longer the focus of our thoughts, our lack of forgiveness is still there. We need God and Jesus’ help to remove it. That’s why we should “give Him” our bad thoughts, which is a form of confession.