Part 1

WHAT IS FORGIVENESS?

Sort the tiles into the two categories, creating a specific definition of forgiveness. As you sort the tiles, notice if anything surprises you or is different than what you thought.

Drag and drop tiles from the top pile into the correct categories below.

Retry?

Releasing the offender to God without waiting for them to apologize.

Being honest about the pain.

Trusting the offender again right away and allowing them to hurt us again.

Done instantly.

Dependent on the offenders apologizing first.

A process.

A precondition for reconciliation.

The same as reconciliation.

Letting offenders get away without facing any consequences of their actions.

Letting the offender face the consequences of their actions.

Separate from trusting the offender again.

Acting like the offense never happened or saying it did not hurt.

Forgiveness is:

Forgiveness is not:

FORGIVENESS CAN BE COMPLEX

Many people say forgive and forget. But is that possible? Is that biblical? What happens when trust is broken? What happens if justice still needs to be met? What does forgiveness look like in these complicated situations? Watch the video below to help answer these questions.

MATEO’S STORY

Why should we forgive other people? How can it help in our own healing? Listen to Mateo’s story and try to determine how forgiving can help him heal.

Reflect & Respond

Journal Exercise #1

Reflect on Mateo’s story. Have you felt the type of rejection and pain that Mateo experienced? What was your initial reaction and response?

If you have not yet downloaded and printed your Module 5 journal, you can download it now.

How can you relate to Mateo? Let’s hear the ending of his story.