FORGIVENESS: Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.
MAIN POINT: Everyone needs to be forgiven, even me.
BIBLE STORY: Lost Son | Luke 15:11-24
MEMORY VERSE: “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
God showed us just how much He cares about forgiveness when He made the ultimate sacrifice and sent Jesus to pay the price for our sin. While sin separates us from God, He offers grace and forgiveness as a gift for us to receive. We have been forgiven of so much, it’s only right that we turn to those in our lives and offer forgiveness to them in return.
This week we talked about all we miss out on when we don’t forgive.
Although the son returns ready to work off the money he took from his father, the father welcomes his lost son home, and even throws a giant party! But not everyone’s too happy about this. The older brother has obeyed dad all his life—without a single party to show for it. He’s sulking in the backyard until his dad shows up. And if big brother isn’t willing to let this whole thing go, he’ll miss out.
When you don’t forgive, you miss out. The same thing is true for us. When we don’t forgive we have the potential to miss out on all that could happen through that relationship. God can give us the strength we need to forgive. And when we do, we get to find out the amazing things that God can do when we decided to forgive.
Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your kid this week:
- At dinner talk about some of the things you might miss out on if you don’t forgive.
- At bedtime, read Luke 15:21-32. Pray together and ask God to help you let go of any anger you’re holding on to towards someone else.
- Music Video – Forgiveness: We’ve got the power to forgive.
March Bring It! Challenge
We want kids to Bring It! to church. The Bring It! Challenge encourages Motion kids to bring themselves, their Bible, and scripture they’ve learned to Motion. Not only can kids be rewarded for bringing it, but the Bring It! Challenge is a fun way to grow and learn more about God and how He wants us to live.
During Fix It Up, kids can earn fun prizes each week by:
- FINDING Colossians 3:13 in their Bible.
- RECITING Colossians 3:13 from memory.
- SAYING the series virtue, FORGIVENESS, from memory. (Forgiveness: Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.)
Colossians 3:13, from Paul’s letter to the church at Colossi, reminds us not only that God forgave our sins, but also that we should forgive others instead of holding grudges against one another.