Do a simple object lesson to help your kids understand reconciliation. Line up all the kids side by side facing you. As you share a list of sins, ask them to take one step back if they have ever done that. (For example: If you’ve ever told a lie, take a step back.)
If you’ve ever:
- Hated anyone
- Been mean
- Talked back and disrespected parent
- Loved something more than God
- Slandered others
- Got revenge
By now (unless they are very young kids who don’t want to admit they’ve sinned or don’t really understand about sin), your kids should be far away from you.
Imagine that there was NO way for us to be together. How would you feel?
Just as you are far from me, our sins separate us from God. (God is holy and has no sin.) When we choose to sin, we are going our own way – away from God. Our sin makes us enemies of God.
Lay a long piece of wood or a sheet or bath towels to connect the space between you and them. But God loves us and made a way for us to be close. When Jesus died on the cross, He made a way for us to be friends with God. Jesus is the bridge to bring us close God.
Invite kids to walk across the ‘bridge’ and embrace them.
Read Ephesians 2:12-18 for a picture of what Jesus did for us.
Say a prayer of thanks for Jesus bringing us close to God.
How Can We Be Friends?
When kids have an argument, take the chance to talk about reconciliation. ***To reconcile means to bring together again, to restore to friendship, to be friendly again.
How do you feel when you have an argument? (Mad, don’t want to speak to the other person, hurt, etc.)
What does it take for you to be friends again – to reconcile? (One has to apologize; usually one has to say, “I’m sorry” and ask for forgiveness, etc.)
God has done His part to bring us close, but we must realize that we are far from God and need to be sorry for going our own way (sinning). We need to ask Him to forgive us. When we hurt others, we must be quick to apologize and ask for their forgiveness so we can be friends again.
This week’s fruit is peace.
Students began learning Paul’s prayer for the Christians in Colossians 1:10. Look for four things Paul wanted them (and us) to do:
- Walk worthy
- Please God
- Bear fruit (good characteristics)
- Increase in knowledge of God
Paul wanted Christ followers to please God by the way they live. As we say yes to the Holy Spirit’s way, we can be a peacemaker.
How can we be a peacemaker? (Listen to others, speak kind words, avoid selfishness, share, wait your turn, say yes when the Holy Spirit reminds you of Bible truth, ask God for help, etc.)
Pair up kids and have them go to opposite sides of the room. Instruct them to begin walking toward their partner and saying the Bible verse at the same time. See if they can time it just right and meet in the middle just as they are ending the verse.
Pray that prayer for your kids at dinner several times during the week. (God, I ask you to help _______ walk worthy. Help her to live in a way that honors You. Help her to please You. May we see more of the fruit of the Spirit in her every day. Please help her to know You more and more.)