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 reminds us that forgiveness is at the heart of Lent and the gospel.
Ask the children…
How often should we forgive others? Why is it so hard?
“Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone[i]who sins against me? Seven times?”22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven![j]‘” (Matthew 18:21-22)
One of the most difficult things Jesus asks of us is to forgive others. Why? Because we think we deserve to be treated right and when others don’t do it we think they should be punished. How often Jesus’ kingdom thinking turns things upside down. Those who sin against us are in need of a heart change. The Law and punishment doesn’t change hearts, but forgiveness does.
Ask your children the last time they have been truly wronged? How did they respond? How could forgiveness have played a larger role in the incident? Ask God for the compassion and strength to forgive others and to love who they really are deep down inside even if the outside seems evil.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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