THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE FAITH PATHWAY BIBLE STUDIES FOR ADULTS/SS PUBLISHING BOARD. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
LESSON TITLE: LOVE versus BITTERNESS
Printed Text: Genesis 41:25-33, 37-40, 50-52
KEY VERSE: Genesis 41:39-40 (NIV) Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”
Source: Faith Pathway Bible Studies for Adults
YOUR LIFE: If you have experienced hurt and anger because of what others have done to you, seek the filling of the Holy Spirit and allow God to reveal His will for you. Often, He allows and then uses adverse circumstances to mature us so He can use us to bless the lives of others.
CLOSING THOUGHT: Mistreatment from others can make us bitter; however, as we mature in Christ and recognize God’s hand in our circumstances bitterness can be replaced with forgiveness and love for those who have intentionally hurt us. When we submit to God’s authority over our lives, He can abundantly bless us and use us to bless even our enemies.
CLOSING PRAYER: Dear GOD, forgive us for failing to show love instead of bitterness toward those who have deliberately hurt us. Help us to show the love your Son showed toward those who crucified Him for our salvation. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
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