GOD VIEW: The connection between forgiveness and God’s character, as shown through God’s Big Story. Forgiveness is deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.
MARCH WEEK TWO: In week two, we find Jesus interacting with an unexpected person in Luke 19:1-10: Zacchaeus. He was a tax collector working for Rome. He earned a reputation for taking advantage of his fellow Jews. Zacchaeus was considered an outcast by many. He must have been shocked when Jesus asked to come over for a meal. But when Zacchaeus encountered Jesus, he changed. He went back to those people, asked forgiveness, and returned four times as much money as he took from them.
BOTTOM LINE: When you forgive others, it can change them. When God forgives us, it changes us from the inside out. The same can be true when you forgive others. You never know what can happen when you take the first step towards forgiveness. When you decide to reach out and offer forgiveness, it can change the way they see you, the situation, and the impact of their actions.