Mercy Me!

When Liz crashes Grandpa's tractor, he learns an important lesson about mercy and forgiveness.

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Memory Verse

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times’”

Audio Icon   Matthew 18:21-22



In this episode, Grandpa forgives Liz for doing something wrong (and costly!), but Liz doesn’t do the same for others. Forgiveness can be hard! In Matthew 18, Peter asked a good question about forgiveness. How many times do we have to forgive? Peter thought seven times would be plenty—but Jesus told him to forgive 77 times! That’s a lot of forgiveness.

God is a God of second chances. All throughout the Bible, God showed how much he loves his people by giving them many chances to turn back to him. He forgave them over and over again. And today, he shows you that same love and forgiveness! He loves you so much that he sent Jesus to take your place on the cross. This is the ultimate example of forgiveness! God forgives all your sins. Think about all the times you’re mean, think nasty thoughts, or don't offer to help. God forgives all of it. Think back to the story Jesus told about the king and the ungrateful servant. When someone asks you to forgive, do you forgive like the king, or hold a grudge like the servant? The next time you’re asked for forgiveness, act like the king. Offer to forgive. It's what God does every day.

Want to dig deeper about forgiveness? Read Ephesians 4:32, Matthew 6:14, and Colossians 3:13


Talk about this with your family: When you ask someone to forgive you, what two things should you say? What about when someone asks you for forgiveness?

When you ask someone for forgiveness, you need to say that you’re sorry (and you need to mean it). You should also say that you’ll try not to do the bad thing again. Saying sorry can be difficult, and not doing something can also be difficult. Sometimes you will fail. Then you need ask for forgiveness again.

When someone asks for forgiveness, we should thank them for coming to us and say, “I forgive you.” We shouldn’t just dismiss it by saying , “That’s all right.” That person is taking a big step, and we need to acknowledge what they’re doing and to let them know that they’re forgiven

Is there someone from whom you need to ask forgiveness? Talk to your family about this and then be sure to talk to that person this week.