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, Jesus tells a story of a King who forgave a huge debt (million dollars) to a servant, but this servant did not provide this same mercy and forgiveness to a servant who owed him.
Ask the children…
How did this servant treat a fellow servant who owed him much less than what he had just been forgiven?
“But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars.[l]He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.29 “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. 30 But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.” (Matthew 18:28-30)
Our heavenly Father has forgiven us so much through Christ’s death on the cross. Everything we have ever done or thought that was disobedient to God has been forgiven. How can we not in turn forgive the slight offenses that we receive here on earth? The harsh words by a brother or sister. Not being picked for a game or not being asked to sleep over or to go to that special party. Or someone making fun of us.
Ask your children what unforgiveness they are keeping in their hearts? Ask them to compare that injury to what Christ forgave them for. Ask them if they will release this debt and forgive this person? Stop and pray out loud a prayer of forgiveness and feel the peace of God fill the room.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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