March 12, 2023
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Story Focus: In week 2, we find Jesus interacting with an unexpected person Luke 19:1-10: Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a tax collector working for Rome. He earned a reputation for taking advantage of his fellow Jewish people. Zacchaeus was considered an outcast by many, so he must have been shocked when Jesus asked to come over to his home for a meal. When Zacchaeus encountered Jesus, he changed. He went back to the people he had cheated and returned four times as much money as he took from them.
Bottom Line: When you forgive others, it can change them. When God forgives us, it changes us from the inside out. The same can be true when you forgive others. You never know what can happen when you take the first step toward forgiveness. When you decide to reach out and offer forgiveness, it can change the way the other person sees you, the situation, and the impact of their actions.
Key Question: When has someone forgiven you? When we remember how others have forgiven us, it can help us find the compassion we need to offer forgiveness to others. We also hope this question starts a conversation that leads preteens to understand how much God has forgiven them. As much as God’s forgiveness can change our lives, the way we forgive others can change their lives as well.