“Lesson 30: I Can Forgive Others,” Primary 1 (2000), 98–100
“Lesson 30,” Primary 1, 98–100
To encourage each child to be forgiving.
Prepare small pieces of paper and write on each piece a statement such as one of the following:
Someone hit you and pushed you down.
Someone won’t let you play a game.
Someone broke something of yours.
Someone called you an unkind name.
Someone took what you were playing with and won’t share it.
Prepare a piece of paper for each child in the class (create more situations if necessary). Put the papers in a small box labeled “Forgiveness Box.”
Picture 1-47, Children Quarreling; picture 1-57, Joseph Is Sold by His Brothers (Gospel Art Picture Kit 109; 62525); picture 1-58, Joseph Making Himself Known to His Brothers; picture 1-59, The Crucifixion (Gospel Art Picture Kit 230; 62505).
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Hold up a copy of the Bible. Explain that in the Bible, Jesus told us to be forgiving. One of Jesus’ apostles asked him about forgiving others (see Matthew 18:21–22). Jesus told him that we should always be forgiving. Explain that the Bible also tells us that Jesus was forgiving.
Display picture 1-59, The Crucifixion. Explain that the soldiers were very cruel to Jesus. They beat him and spit on him. The soldiers drove nails through Jesus’ hands and feet and hung him on a cross to die. Explain that Jesus forgave the soldiers. He wasn’t angry with the soldiers for what they had done to him. (Be careful not to be too dramatic as you tell this story. Some children may be very sensitive to the idea of people hurting Jesus.)
Turn to Luke 23:34 and tell the children what Jesus said when he prayed to Heavenly Father just before he died: “Father, forgive them.” Have the children repeat this phrase aloud a few times.
Even though the soldiers hurt Jesus, what did he do?
What does Jesus want us to do if someone makes us feel angry or unhappy?
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Review the story of the prodigal son, as found in Luke 15:11–32. Use picture 1-49, The Prodigal Son. Help the children understand that the father loved his son and forgave him.
Do the following finger play. Invite the children to do the actions with you.
Two little friends, one left and one right (hold up both hands with fists closed),
Started to quarrel and started to fight (wave fists at each other).
Now these little friends were not happy that day,
For they had been taught the right way to play.
Then one little friend hid his head down in shame (lower right fist from wrist and turn away);
The other did too, for he felt just the same (lower left fist and turn away also).
The first little friend said, “I know what I’ll do (clap hands).
To show you I’m sorry, I’ll ask forgiveness of you.”
“I too am sorry,” the next one did say,
“Let’s play and be happy the rest of the day” (fold arms and sit down).
Make a simple badge for each child to wear home. Write on each badge I can be forgiving.
Review the story from lesson 29 about two children playing (see Additional Activities for Younger Children, activity 4). Tell how the hurt child forgave the other one.
Sing or say the words to “Jesus Said Love Everyone” (Children’s Songbook, p. 61) or “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam” (Children’s Songbook, p. 60).
Sing or say the words to “If You’re Happy” (Children’s Songbook, p. 266). Explain to the children that when we forgive those who are unkind to us, we will feel happy.