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The week of March 15th – During the month of March, we are focusing on the virtue of forgiveness.
Find a time this week to gather as a family, read a Bible passage, respond as a family to what you have heard, and pray together.
March Virtue Forgiveness: Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay
What is a virtue? A virtue is something that God does in us to change the world around us.
Bible Story: Step by Step (Jesus Teaches on Forgiveness) • Matthew 5:1-2; 23-24
Bottom Line: Be the first to ask for forgiveness.
Memory Verse: Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13 (NIrV)
Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
Have one person in your family read Matthew 5:12; 23-24 (NRSV):
5 When Jesus[a] saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 23 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister[a] has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.
It can be really hard for us to see where we’ve messed up. But we can ask God to show us. Sometimes we can just sort of sense that someone is upset at us, but we don’t know why. In those moments, we need to have the courage to take the first step and ask.
When we find out something that we might have done wrong, we might be tempted to try to defend ourselves. We might think about all the reasons why we were right to act the way we did. But if we really want to make things right with someone, we should take what they say seriously. We should be willing to ask for forgiveness.
If we have a problem with someone, we should do whatever we can to fix the relationship. We should be willing to say we’re sorry—to ask for forgiveness. In the same way, we should be willing to forgive when someone has wronged US. [Bottom Line] “Take the first step to forgive others.
Don’t let the hurt build up. Don’t hold something against your friend when you could just get it out in the open. With God’s help, we can find the courage to make the first move and make things right.
When is it hard to forgive someone?
- What can keep us from forgiving someone?
- What are things people do when they hold a grudge?
- How can you take the first step to forgive?
Match the OPPOSITES from each column by drawing a line between the two answers.
When someone hurts you, what do you immediately want to do? Do the same thing to them that they’ve done to you, right? God has a better way. Instead of thinking about how to pay someone back, we should think about how we can make things right. Because fixing our relationships or friendships is more important than getting even. So when someone hurts you, instead of trying to get them back, ask God to help you do the exact opposite of what you feel like doing. Instead of paying back to get even, ask God to help you take the first step to forgive.
God, you forgive us. So we want to forgive other people.
We won’t bring up old hurts.
We won’t use unkind words.
We will try to be understanding.
Even if we know we are right, we can forgive.
But we can’t do this by ourselves.
Please be with us God.
Show us how to forgive.
Give us the courage to forgive.
God, you forgive us. So we want to forgive other people. Amen.
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