|• Do you think Javert might have been jealous? Javert was living strictly by the law and was not able to extend grace or forgiveness to Valjean. Do you think Javert might have had something in his past that he tried to free himself of by keeping the law perfectly, but couldn’t?
Ask students to recall the following:
• Is there something wrong you’ve done that your parents, siblings or friends continue to throw in your face? Something they won’t let you forget, even though you’ve said you’re sorry and have changed?
• Or….Have you made someone else who is truly sorry still feel like they are guilty?
• Is there an example in your life where you were truly forgiven but you just don’t feel it and can’t accept it?
Note: If you feel your students are willing to discuss these answers with each other, lead that discussion. If not, ask them to simply think of the example.
Many times we try and try but it’s just not good enough. We feel that no matter what we do, we’re never going to be free from our guilt or the condemnation of others. Let’s look at what our passage for today says about that dilemma.
EXPLORE THE BIBLE: (1020 minutes)
Say: The Bible teaches that, because we are sinners, we are under condemnation. We deserve judgment. But the Bible also teaches that, when we come to Christ, we are forgiven. The guilt of sin is lifted. We are now free. But knowing we are free, and walking in that freedom is difficult. Our primary difficulty is dealing with the old naturethat is the big struggle. The struggle itself causes us to feel condemned.
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