FORGIVENESS: Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.
MAIN POINT: God forgives you.
BIBLE STORY: The Lost Sheep | Luke 15:1-7
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.
We will spend the month of March taking a closer look at the way forgiveness shows up throughout a few of the parables Jesus told His followers.
God will go to great lengths to rescue His children. In Luke 15:1-7, Jesus told a story about a shepherd who risked the entire flock in order to find and rescue the one sheep who had run off. When we run off, God forgives us. God’s love for us rescues us from our sin.
Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your kid this week:
- At dinner, ASK: Who has had to forgive you the most? What do you usually need forgiveness for?
- At bedtime, read Luke 15:1-7. Thank God for always forgiving you for your sins.
- What is forgiveness?: Forgiveness is all about learning how to let go of what we’re holding on to.
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.