Use this Beatitudes Sunday School lesson to teach children to be forgiving.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students to give their answers to the questions before you clarify the teaching.)
Tell students to imagine this: You’re outside on the playground and one of your classmates hits you and calls you a name. What would you do? Would you hit them back? Would you go tell on them?
As the leader, tell a story from your own life about a time when someone was merciful to you or when you were merciful to someone else. (Example: A sixteen year old girl side-swiped my car while it was parked outside on the curb and broke my driver’s side mirror off. She came to the door to apologize. What should I have done to her for hitting my car? I could have made her pay to get my car fixed. Or I could have called the police and made the police give her a ticket. But instead, I told her it was okay and let her go. I had mercy on her and forgave her.)
Read Matthew 5:7 – Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (NIV).
What does that word “mercy” mean? It means you don’t punish someone or get them in trouble when they do something wrong. You forgive them.
God could punish us for the wrong things we do, couldn’t He? We all do wrong things sometimes. But God doesn’t want to punish us. He wants to have mercy on us and forgive us. That’s why He sent Jesus to die on the cross for us, so that we could be forgiven for all our sins. If you believe in Jesus, God forgives you for all your wrong things.
So now that God has forgiven us, do you think He wants us to forgive other people?
Who can you forgive? When someone is mean to you or calls you a name, can you have mercy on them and forgive them?
When someone hits you, can you forgive them?
When someone doesn’t want to play with you, can you forgive them?