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By Lois Parker Edstrom
Object suggested: Erasers
Why is it so hard to say, “I’m sorry?” When we need to say, “I’m sorry” it is because we have made a mistake and hurt someone. It doesn’t feel good to admit that.
As you work on a school assignment and discover that you have make a mistake how do you correct the error? Yes, you can use an eraser to remove the words or numbers that are wrong and start over. (Demonstrate)
That is like what happens when we say, “I’m sorry.” If the person we have hurt forgives us, we have an opportunity to start over and try to do better. Asking for forgiveness and forgiving others is an important part of being a Christian.
Jesus taught us a powerful lesson about forgiveness. He was treated very badly. He was ridiculed, hurt, and in the end he died. As this was happening he prayed to God and said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (23:34).
Jesus had done nothing wrong and still he forgave the people who hurt him. He did all of this so that we could also be forgiven by God.
When you make a mistake or make a bad choice, pray to God and ask for forgiveness. God will erase your sin and you will be able to start over and correct your errors.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan