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Theme Verse:
Matthew 6:14,15 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Objects Needed:
a very large pillow

(Choose a child to assist you.) I want you to hold on to this pillow. Wrap your arms all the way around it and keep it right in front of you. This pillow stands for a grudge you are holding against someone. Maybe he got angry and said something that hurt your feelings. You haven’t forgiven him. You still hold it against him. Holding a grudge is like carrying a large pillow around with you everywhere you go. It would be hard to eat if you had to hold onto that pillow, wouldn’t it? It would be hard to climb a tree. It would be hard to brush your teeth. It would be hard to play sports or an instrument. It would be very difficult to do a lot of things. That grudge of yours is getting in the way of everything, including your being forgiven by God. God tells us to forgive others if we want to be forgiven. Besides, wouldn’t it be nice not to have to carry that huge, bothersome load around all of the time? Maybe some of you have been holding on to grudges. You need to forgive others. (Quote the scripture.) As we pray right now, ask God to help you forgive that person who has done wrong things toward you and get rid of that grudge! (Pray.)
Copyright © 1995-1999 by Rev. Gary R. Linn
Children’s Ministry Today

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