Lent is the season of preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts through Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). Traditionally, Christians have observed Lent by devotion, fasting, repenting, and giving. We can invite our children to join us as we observe this season, as we prepare our hearts and our lives for Easter.
Thanks to Kimberlee Conway Ireton for her plan that I used to develop these Kid’s Devotions.http://www.stchristophers-mn.org/storage/files/family-devotions-for-lent.pdf
As we get closer to the Easter story, Jesus tells a story to remind us that He is merciful and forgiving and we can always come to Him.
Ask the children…
How do you think the debtor felt who was going to be sold along with his family?
““Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. 24 In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars.[k] 25 He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt.’” (Matthew 18:23-25)
How do you think the debtor felt when the king forgave his debt?
“But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ 27 Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.” (Matthew 18:26, 27)
Jesus is like that with us, no matter how BIG our debt of sin, He is willing to forgive it. That is the beauty of the cross. Jesus paid for ALL our sins on Calvary’s tree. Therefore, His mercy is enough for anything we have done. Our part is only to ask for His forgiveness and to receive it and then Jesus will do the transformational work in our hearts to go along with His forgiveness.
Ask your children if there is anything they have done that requires Jesus’ mercy and forgiveness? Remind them that Jesus is just a prayer away from experiencing His wonderful forgiveness. Pray with them about right now so they can experience that forgiveness and rejoice with them afterwards. Tell your children it is always good to keep short accounts with God. When we sin, ask for forgiveness right then. Don’t wait!
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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