Forgiveness is also a response of love. Forgiveness has nothing to do with people deserving to be forgiven. No one deserves forgiveness. That is what grace is. None of us deserve it, but God gives it to us when we repent and forgive others. When we truly understand how much He loves us and He loves others, forgiveness becomes a a joy.
Most children freely forgive and move on. But, sometimes it's really hard to forgive. For this lesson, we understood that not forgiving others or holding grudges were like carrying around an armload of rocks. Rocks in the soil and on the soil or our heart gardens keep our spiritual plant from growing stronger.
This video was recorded after the Repent Skit in Lesson 6. was performed. Click below.
Do children carry grudges and unforgiveness?
Probably not very often. Children are usually quick to forgive and forget. However, many of us adults have carried "rocks" and hurts from our childhood into adulthood. Wouldn't it have been wonderful to have been able to let those go and not keep dealing with them still?
Next time a movie starts playing in your head about something that hurt you, that’s a rock. It’s hurting you and others around you. It makes you feel heavy inside.
Confess it to God. Say something like, “God, this really hurt me. But, I know you don’t want me to have rocks in my heart. Can you help me to forgive them?”
When you are ready, forgive them and ask God to bless them.
You will feel so free and light!