September 17, 2023
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Story Focus: We finish up the month with Colossians 3:13. Paul wrote, “Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.” Forgiveness is a big part of growing friendships. Through this verse, we learn that because God forgave us, we can forgive others when they mess up—especially the people we consider our friends.
Bottom Line: Friends forgive one another. As kids learn about God’s incredible forgiveness through Jesus, we hope that they will start to understand more about how they can forgive their own friends. It’s not just about accepting an apology and saying everything is all right. We pray that kids will understand how they can forgive others and work to rebuild their friendships that are worth saving.
Key Question: Why is forgiveness important? It would be great if friends got along all the time. But the reality is, people in our life will hurt us . . . and the way we respond is important. Jesus forgives us, so we should work toward forgiving others. Forgiveness allows us to repair and rebuild relationships that are meaningful and ultimately good for us. We pray that kids will understand what forgiveness can look like for their relationships.