Christ forgave all men. He did not limit His love to only those who loved Him back, but gave love and forgiveness freely to everyone. Use this lesson to show the power and blessing of forgiveness and the love and freedom it gives us, when we let go of the pain and sorrow and allow the Savior’s atonement to heal our hearts.
What you need? Dark washable marker, red heart sealed with tape or laminate, and soapy water in a bowl are needed for the demonstration lesson on forgiveness.
Draw all over the heart with the washable marker. These represent the bad feeling we have on our hearts when we hold grudges and let our anger control us. They make us unhappy and make it harder to feel love and express it.
Stick the laminated heart in the water. The water represents the atonement of Jesus Christ. Through Him our hearts can be healed and made clean again. It allows us to feel peace.
Our hearts are then freed from the burden of anger and grudges. Our hearts are clean and we can feel love and joy again.
This visual was very EYE-OPENING for my children. It was amazing to see the little “lightbulb moments” when the lesson clicked in their little brains and they could visually see what the anger was doing to their poor little heart. They all took turns marking up the heart with bad feelings, then WASHED THEM AWAY. They would smile in amazement as it was washed clean.
Now practice what you have learned. Take a few minutes to write something that is bothering you. This can be something you have done that you are not happy about or someone else has done to you. Write what you are going to do to forgive, and then allow the Atonement to work in you and free you from these feelings that are keeping you from feeling JOY!
What are some other ways YOU have taught forgiveness to YOUR family?
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DAY 6: JESUS CHRIST TAUGHT US TO FORGIVE
To see the other day’s themes, see: Light Up the World: 25 Ways in 25 Days