Last Sunday I was teaching Sunday School and the topic of the lesson is about ‘Forgive our bother and gain the favor of our Heavenly Father.’ I want to share with you all after that day but due to my preparation for the Penang mission trip, it was delayed. Nevertheless, I had a very small incident on that Sunday. That week before I teach Sunday School, I don’t know why I have no mood to prepare but I know I have to prepare it soon, if not it will going to be a disaster on that actual day. End up, I prepared on Saturday night until the next morning. Thank God, able to finish all the preparation (story & activities) within 5 hours despite the time I normally need at least 2 days to prepare. Felt so tired after I was done with everything, slept for 2 hours, got up and prepare to go to church. As I need to reach the church 10mins earlier to prepare the hymns and other things for the Sunday School so I’ve reminded my husband to set off by 10am. At 9:45am… ‘Are you going to take a shower now?”, no response. At 9:55am, ‘It’s getting late, you still haven’t take shower?’ At 10am, ‘You must quickly get prepare or else we will be late!’ At 10:15am, ok I go myself. I was very angry, I walked out from my house and took a cab to the church. When I was inside the cab, I keep on blaming my husband for so inconsiderate and made me to take the cab, then I told myself, unless he say sorry or else I will never want to forgive him. While I was still angry, I looked at my Sunday School materials which was carried on my hand, immediately I saw the header, ‘Forgive our Brother and Gain the Favor of our Heavenly Father’. Then I recalled back the story I’m going to teach and realized everything happened that morning was satan attacked. So God already knew it will happened, so He made me took a cab so that I can cool down myself to think about His words. Well, this is what I’ve concluded;
1) Everyone makes mistakes, so do I. Sometimes he was late, sometime I was also late so I can’t blame him for that.
2) Because of satan, most of the time we are unable to control anger
3) Through Jesus Christ, we are already forgiven. Many times I sinned against God but He still forgives us because He knows our weaknesses.
4) Such a sinner am I, God can forgive me, why can’t I forgive my husband, moreover it is not a big thing.
5) When I’m angry, I was not happy at all and more accusation will come. That’s why God knows the feeling of unforgiving is like bind in a jail without no freedom so God wants us to be able to forgive just as He had forgive us.
6) When I prayed and commit to God,my heart once again was set free. No more anger and accusation, satan has no excuse to accuse me or deceive me again.
Before the Sunday School start, I’ve more assurance to teach after that incident. Throughout the whole lesson, it went quite smoothly and I saw all the children are so joyful. When I saw them joyful, I was joyful too, just as our Heavenly Father is joyful when He see us joyful in Him. After everything is over, although my husband didn’t say sorry to me, but in my heart I’ve already forgiven him, and most importantly, both our spirits feel so free and joyful when there’s no anger or hatreds.
Thank God and praise the Lord. Even when I was weak, God understand me, His love will not reduce and loves us even more.
So do you have anyone you are very angry with? Even if it’s from your boss or colleagues or family, God understand you, just calm down ourselves, focus on our Lord Jesus Christ who has already forgiven us and pray to Him, He will surely gives us the heart to forgive and even more compassion for that person. In the end, we benefit the most because our hearts will have the peace and joy, we are also happy when we know our God is favor with us and surely we will experience more grace and love from Him. 🙂
Below is the material I’ve taught during Sunday School:
If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared. I wait for the LORD, my souls waits, and in His word I put my hope. <Psalm 130:3-5>
This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. <Matthew 26:28>
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. <James 1:19>