Forgiveness is a reflection of the character of God.
Throughout Scripture, we are reminded about God's grace and forgiveness.
God makes us white as snow (Isaiah 1:18)
God's mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23)
God is faithful and just to forgive our sins (1 John 1:19)
When our relationship with God was broken beyond repair, God offered His only Son as the way to forgive us and restore the broken relationship.
Since we are created in God's image, we have the ability to offer forgiveness when people in our lives hurt us. God's love makes it possible for us to forgive others and work towards fixing our own relationships that break down from time to time.
Jesus made it possible for us to have God's forgiveness.
God showed us just how much He cares about forgiveness when He made the ultimate sacrifice and sent Jesus to pay the price for our sin. While sin separates us from God, He offers grace and forgiveness as a gift for us to receive. We have been forgiven of so much, it's only right that we turn to those in our lives and offer forgiveness to them in return.
That's why we think it's important for us to help our kids and families discover more about Forgiveness - deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn't have to pay.
Our Memory Verse for March comes from Colossians 3:13.
In Colossians 3:13, we read, "Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you." (NIrV)
This verse, from Paul's letter to the church at Colossi, reminds us not only that God forgave our sins, but also that we should forgive others instead of holding grudges against one another. We pray that throughout March, families will let go of what they're holding against each other and choose to forgive. We think that this could be a powerful month in the lives of kids and families in our churches.
We will spend the month of March taking a closer look at the way forgiveness shows up throughout a few of the parables Jesus told his followers.