Monthly Big Idea
Forgiveness is deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.
“Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.”
Colossians 3:13, NIrV
A Woman Anoints Jesus’ Feet
Everyone needs forgiveness.
When you forgive others, it can change them.
The Story of the Unmerciful Servant
Forgive others because God forgives you.
The Story of the Lost Son
God will always forgive you.
ENGAGE IN EVERYDAY MOMENTS TOGETHER
As your kid starts their day, tell them how much you admire their compassion for others, and give them an example of a time recently when they were kind or thoughtful. (You may have many examples to choose from or just one.)
While on the go, ask your kid: “What is the nicest thing someone has done for you recently? What is something not so nice that someone has said or done to you or someone else recently? How did each make you feel?”
Have everyone at the table answer this question at a meal: “Talk about a time when you did something that hurt someone, and you needed forgiveness. How did the other person react?”
Pray for each other: “God, none of us are perfect. As much as we try to say or do the right thing, sometimes we don’t. And we either hurt ourselves or someone else. When we do, give us the courage and compassion to seek forgiveness.”