Character of Forgiveness

Definition:  Treating someone as though they never hurt you; not holding a grudge; not blaming them
Opposite:  Bitter, getting even

Bible Story and Books of Forgiveness:

Bible Story: Joseph Forgives His Brothers
Scripture:  Genesis 37-50
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes: pg 58-74
The Beginner's Bible:  pg 71, 78, 86
My Story Biblepg 18-19
Through the Bible in Feltpg 39-42

Big Thoughts for Little People:  Letter F

The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule

God Wants Me to Forgive Them? Veggie Tales:  God Wants Me to Forgive Them?

Mrs. Rosey Posey and the Yum-Yummy Birthday Cake Mrs. Rosey Posey and the Yum-Yummy Birthday Cake - Part of the "I Can Read with Help" series talks about forgiveness.

 VeggieTales: The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's - The Story of the Prodigal Son

Play the "Prodigal Son" adventure and use the coloring sheets on the Charlie Church Mouse Kindergarten CD-Rom.  

Bible Verse on Forgiveness:

Ephesians 4:32b - Forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Tune: “Are You Sleeping?” or “Where is Thumbkin?”

Ephesians 4:32 (2x)
Forgiving one another (2x)
Just as God through Christ, has forgiven you
Ephesians 4:32, Forgiving one another


Forgiveness Activities:

Sin and Forgiveness Gather black pompoms and print off the Heart Template.  Discuss that sin is the bad choices we make.  Sin is like black spots on our heart.  Take turns naming a sin that we struggle with (lying, stealing, having a bad attitude, etc.) and place a black pom-pom on the heart each time.  Once the heart is covered with sin discuss how God is unable to look upon our sin.  We need to ask God's forgiveness to remove the "yuck" on our heart.  Remove a pompom one at a time while saying, "God please forgive me for ____."  Once the pompoms are gathered, discuss how God removes our sin, forgives us, and turns our heart white as snow (Ps. 51:7).

- Super Soap Super Soap (Idea and image from Tanya)
Draw the outline of a person on a piece of paper.  Discuss how sin (the wrong choices that we make) clouds up our hearts and separate us from God. Ask your child to provide examples of sins and then write the name of the sin on the figure. Explain that God's forgiveness, through Jesus, is like super soap that washes away our sins when we are truly sorry and ask forgiveness. Decorate a bar of soap using a piece of paper decorated with stamps, crayons, stickers, or markers.  Tape the label on the soap to finish.

- Pencil Heart God Is Our Eraser (reprinted with permission)
Materials :   pencils of different shapes and sizes with a good eraser on each, construction paper or craft foam heart, googly eyes

Tell the child : Look at all these pencils. They all are very different: short, tall, thin, fat - different sizes, shapes and colors. Each pencil has one thing in common, though.  Each has an eraser for when the pencil makes a mistake.  We are like the pencils.  We are all different but we all make mistakes.  But, we each have an eraser just like the pencil.  What is your eraser?  (Wait for answers)  God is our eraser and He is always with us.  When we ask forgiveness, God takes away our sins, just like the eraser wipes away the pencil's mistakes.

Directions: Cut out an approximately 2-3" heart cut from construction paper or craft foam.  Fold the heart in half horizontally and cut two small slits with scissors to thread the pencil - one near the top & one near the bottom.  Be careful not to cut the slits too big or the heart will slide off the pencil.  Allow the child to decorate the heart to look like a person (googly eyes, mouth, nose).  Thread the pencil through the heart.

- Glue two circles onto a Popsicle stick - one with a happy face and one with a sad face (or use the Teaching Emotions printable).  Explain that the faces are to remind the child about forgiving others.  When we forgive, we feel happy inside but when we don't forgive, we feel sad inside.

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