Sunday, February 18, 2018

Lesson: The Hurt Heart

Scripture Verse:

 Matthew 18:32-33
Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him,
 O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because
thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion
 on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

The Hurt Heart

    Let us start our class today by saying the pledge to the bible.  When we say the pledge we are making a promise to make (God's Word) what guides us in life through not only the best times of our lives but also the  darkest times in our lives.
    In life we have many hurts.  It could be a hurt that is temporary or a hurt that lasts a lifetime.  The hurts that last a lifetime are the ones that get to the heart.  In the pledge we promise to hide God's Word in our heart.  We do this by memorizing and understanding scripture.  The reason we hide God's Word in our heart is because it is through the heart our choices are made.  Our choices are made by either how we feel, our circumstances or what we want.   If we are right with God,  they will be made by prayer and what we  are taught in scripture first.  God knows that the devil wants our heart. 
     The devil will tempt us at the times we our most vulnerable, the times our heart has been hurt, at one of the very darkest points of grief or discouragement.  In these times we must follow what we know is true.  in a time of confusion, we can decipher  the truth from the fiction of what we are feeling and also from other people around us.
A couple weeks ago I surprised our church family by entering the room wearing a sheriff's badge.  They all called me Sheriff Susan.   They were all curious about it, but nobody asked.  Then we dismissed to Sunday School.  I told them  a story I heard a long time ago.  I heard about a police officer that was shot at while he was on duty.  Something kept him from being killed, something unusual.  The bullet hit his badge.  The badge kept the bullet from hitting his heart.  So I told the kids the true story of how the officer was saved by his badge.  The bible tells us to wear a shield, it is not a police badge, but is the shield of faith. 
     We are saved by faith, by taking God at His word.  Being saved by faith is our protection from belonging to the devil. While living by faith and hiding God's Word in our hearts is our shield against the fiery darts of the devil.

Now Today:
     I mentioned to them about the police officers that were killed checking out a 911 hang-up call.  They were shot and killed suddenly.  My husband knew one of them.  They grew up together, played football together and he attended our very small wedding 31 years ago.

    We heard of another shooting which Pastor prayed over this morning.  A deadly school shooting in Florida where many died.  I think about the coach that blocked the bullets from killing some of the students.  I'm sure He was a really big guy - most coaches are.  These violent killings happened because of hate, because of anger, because someones heart was being managed by the devil himself.  The young men who killed these valiant men and many other innocent people - had something messed up in their hearts.  When it's young people doing the shooting, we must talk about it.

    In sunday school,  I held my bible up over my heart and said..."Kids, the devil wants your heart and he wants it wounded. I'm not talking about your physical heart. I'm talking about your soul the very being of who you are.   He wants you to be bitter.  He wants you to stay angry. People will disappoint us, people could turn there backs on us, people you thought would always be there. but Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you.  There may not be anyone to cry to, no one to listen, but Jesus is your comforter, your shield your help in times of trouble.  The only defense we have as people against the fiery darts of satan is a Really Big shield.  I held the bible up over my heart and I pounded my hand on the Bible that covered my heart.  The Word Of God in our hearts mingled in faith blocks the fiery darts of the devil.  It won't allow Him to get to your heart.

Make Jesus the Biggest Valentine in your heart.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart.

     The devil wants us miserable , unhappy and defeated as Christians, but Jesus tells us we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.  Jesus is in every heart that has accepted Him by faith.
God promises to be there for us through our troubles, through our tears.

One of the biggest temptations in time of hurt is to become vengeful, unforgiving and bitter.  It is through these troubled dark times we must not allow these things to destroy  our faith.  It is through these things we must apply the scripture to our heartbreak and let it heal us by faith.
God teaches us that we have no choice but to forgive because we ourselves have never once deserved forgiveness.  Now there are some things that just cannot go without circumstances, but God does not want your heart remaining angry, or bitter.  His desire is that you overcome, by faith, trusting Him through what could be your hardest moments of life.

Jesus gives us a parable in scripture to teach us why we must forgive:

Read The Memory Verse Again  - Underline the Parts They Need To Memorize
Matthew 18: 21-35

Talk about it as you read it.  

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. 
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.  And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.  The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 
But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. {pence: the Roman penny is the eighth part of an ounce, which after five shillings the ounce is seven pence halfpenny; about fourteen cents}  
 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.  So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.   
Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me;  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 

 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from the heart forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

Father God,  I ask in the name of your Son, Christ Jesus that you heal  our broken hearts this morning, that we may renew our strength  and continue in faith, which we need to protect our hearts from the fiery darts of Satan.  If there are any here rebellious, unbelieving, wounded or doubting-  work the work of faith in their hearts today  and renew a right spirit within us.  That we may continue to obey you in faith ... heal the hurting.  Praise your name for what you will do in our hearts as we trust you. If there is anyone here that has not trusted Christ as there personal Saviour.  Jesus will not refuse anyone who genuinely wants Him to be the Lord of their lives. Christ Jesus died for your sins and arose victorious that you may be forgiven and become his child.  

Quiz:  Question And Answer Time About The Parable, About Forgiveness

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