Take a moment and close your eyes while you picture the word ‘forgiveness’. Dwell on this word for a moment.

What images came to your mind? What feelings did it evoke? Memories?

Have you had to forgive someone at some point in your life? Were you successful at it?

Have you ever been forgiven at some point in your life?

Over the next month at Summit Drive, the theme for the kids is forgiveness. As I was preparing for this, I realized that forgiveness is not a simple concept…especially in a world that spouts that there is no right or wrong. It is something that we assume as Christians – since we ourselves have been forgiven – that people already know about it and understand it. But I wonder if the ability to forgive or understanding what forgiveness is is falling away in a world that sees such a concept as passé. How does one explain what forgiveness is and why it is important, not only to a non-believer, but to a child? Both need to know what it is. So let’s start with the basics.

Forgiveness – to overlook (or let go of) a wrong that has been done to us.

Over the next month, I would like to explore this topic of forgiveness a little deeper here in conjunction with the topics and biblical examples being taught in Kids Church. However, this is not for kids. This is for you:  If you are a parent, use what you learn to be able to talk with your kids (in simpler terms), and explore how to live it out at home and in the world. If you are in a leadership position, a teacher or a small group leader, this is a chance for you to be filled up so you can pour out. Dive in with me. Grow with me.

Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart  - Corrie ten Boom

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