In the final days leading up to Christmas the excitement around the home is sure to increase! Let's take some time over the next 5 days to reflect and prepare our hearts - as well as teach our children- about the reason behind the Christmas celebration.
Each day I will open a gift that represents a gift that we were given when we said "YES" to Jesus! His birth (and later, his resurrection), has given us so much to be thankful for. He is so good to us!
On day 1 of the countdown we will open an eraser. The eraser represents forgiveness of our sins.
Isaiah 43:25 says "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins."
Psalm 103:12 says, "As far as the east is from the west, So far has he removed our transgressions from us."
When we ask God to forgive us, it is like He uses an eraser to take away all of our sins. He holds nothing against us! This means that we don't have to live in shame, or feel like our mistakes disqualify us from being loved and used by God. When we are forgiven by God, our mistakes become something that we can learn from so that we can walk in wholeness into our bright future.
Family Discussion Questions
What do you need to do to be forgiven by God?
How does God's forgiveness work like an eraser?
God forgives us, and it is important that we forgive others too! What do you think it means to forgive someone who has hurt you?
Parents, share a personal story about forgiveness with your kids. How did it feel to be forgiven? OR how did it feel to give the gift of forgiveness?
Is there anything that you need to ask God to forgive you for?
Is there any person that you need to ask to forgive you?
Is there any person that you need to forgive?