40 = The average number of hours per year we have with each child that comes through our doors.
Jesus told a story about a son who sinned against his father (Luke 15:11-20). He owned what he did was wrong and returned home to seek his father’s forgiveness.
Bottom Line: Everyone needs to be forgiven, even me.
The older brother chose not to forgive the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:21-32). He missed out on a party and also missed out on rebuilding a relationship with his brother.
Bottom Line: When you don’t forgive, you miss out.
Peter thought he was doing well to forgive someone seven times (Matthew 18:21-35). Jesus raised the stakes when He said we should forgive others even more.
Bottom Line: Since God forgave you, you should forgive others.
Jesus teaches about judging with an example of someone who needs to focus on his own problems before pointing out his friend’s. (Matthew 7:1-5).
Bottom Line: Be careful not to judge others, because you’ve been wrong too.
Zacchaeus was a tax collector who stole money from people (Luke 19:1-10). Jesus offered him forgiveness, which changed Zacchaeus’ outlook on life.
Bottom Line: When people are forgiven, it can change them.