Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. - Ephesians 4:32
Like Joseph, Jesus forgave those who hurt him.
God wants us to forgive one another.
Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read the story out loud.
- Read Genesis 50:20 together. What do you think that means?
- How can Joseph remind us of Jesus?
- What does it mean to forgive someone?
- Is it easy to forgive someone? Why or why not?
- Talk about a time that you forgave someone, even though it was hard.
- Why is forgiveness important?
To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7).
Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation.
How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear God, thank you for Your forgiveness
You are loving and merciful
Please help me to forgive others
In Jesus’ name, amen
THIS MONTH’S FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: FAITHFULNESS
As a family, go through the following questions…
What is the different between someone who is faithful and someone who is not faithful?
Why does God want us to be faithful?
How can we see faithfulness in today’s bible story?