10. Sometimes we won’t find or understand the answers to our “why” questions. It seems life would be better if we had no trouble (or at least less trouble) and that the Christian life should guarantee fewer problems. Consider Joseph, King David, Job, Daniel, and Paul. More often than not, they didn’t have complete answers to the trials they endured. How did they respond? Read Genesis 50:19–20; 2 Samuel 12; Job 13:15; Daniel 6; and 2 Corinthians 12:9. How did they benefit from their responses? How have we benefited from their examples?
11. What did you think about Gracie’s picture of forgiveness? How did emotionally keeping her hand around the neck of the one who’d hurt her cause her more pain?
12. Forgiving those who have hurt us is a painful and difficult choice. But to live in unforgiveness is far worse. Matthew 18:23–33 shows some very painful consequences of unforgiveness and not receiving God’s forgiveness for ourselves. How did Gracie and Steven suffer for choosing not to forgive?
13. What does it mean to forgive from your heart? Gracie found she could truly forgive only after she’d taken her lies about herself to God and heard His truth. First Peter 1:22 talks about being cleansed by obeying the truth, then loving deeply from the heart. How do you think it would help you to forgive if you took your hurt and lies to God first and allowed Him to cleanse you and speak truth?