This movie is based on a true story, about an angry, investigative reporter named Lloyd Vogel assigned to interview the beloved children’s show host Mr. Rogers. Lloyd had some very significant relational wounds from his past. As Mr. Rogers said Lloyd had a hard time forgiving. I think most of us can relate to Lloyd in some way; we probably have someone who has deeply hurt us and doesn’t realize we’re carrying deep resentment. Forgiveness is “a decision we make to release a person from the feelings of anger that we have for them.” Instead, we should be kind to each other, [and] tenderhearted…” Here’s the key, “forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Forgiveness is crucial if we really want to be whole – it’s just hard. And forgiveness is hardest when it comes to those we love the most. And that’s what we see in this story. Just before his interview with Mr. Rogers, Lloyd got into a fight with his dad, and the pain grew much worse. But little did Lloyd know that an interview with Mr. Rogers would become his first step toward healing and forgiveness. And who knows? Today might be that first step for you too.

Opening Question or Ice Breaker

Who do you trust to give you advice and why?

Discussion Question 1

What makes forgiveness so powerful in our relationship with God? Each other?

Scripture: Have someone read 

  1. Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV: Why are negative emotions so much more tempting than kindness, and compassion?
  2. Matthew 6:14-15 NIV:  Since this is true, how do we walk out the responsibility of forgiving others? Share an example of something that helped you to forgive others. Did your emotions change towards that person?

Discussion Question 2

Where does the “root of bitterness” come from?

Scripture: 

  1. Hebrews 12:15 NIV: How exactly does bitterness impact you? Those around you?
  2. Luke 6:27-28 NIV:  How does Jesus think we should respond to offenses?

Make It Practical – Apply the Word:

Are there offenses that the Lord is revealing to you that need to be uprooted? What is a good next step you can take to pursue forgiveness?

Family Conversation Question for the Week: (spend time talking with your circle)

Do I have anything I should apologize for that could be keeping someone else in the bondage of bitterness?