We all like to get gifts, don’t we? Imagine someone got you the most amazing gift, one that you think is too good to be true. They stand there, holding it out to you. What would you do? Say “thanks but no thanks”? Walk by ignoring them? Examine the gift in their hands any way you can without touching it? Hopefully not! You reach out and take it, making it your own. In this same way God is offering everyone the perfect gift even though we’ve done nothing to deserve it. What will you do with that gift?
MEMORY VERSE: “But you, O Lord are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness." PSALM 86:15 (NLT)
Sin is anything we think, say or do that does not please God. Even one little sin separates us from Him because He is holy and just. We have to admit we’ve all done way more than just one little sin. There’s nothing we can do to clean ourselves up and pay the debt we owe God because of our sin. We need mercy. Thankfully we have a God that is also loving and faithful. Through Christ He offers us mercy and the gift of salvation. Salvation is rescue from the punishment, power and presence of sin. Even though we don’t deserve it, God will forgive us when we admit we’re sinners, believe Christ’s death paid the debt we owed and confess that He is the one in control of our lives.
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At dinner this week review some of the questions we covered on Easter Sunday.
See if your family is able to clearly answer these questions and be ready to help if they are not sure. Afterwards, spend some time making flashcards of the questions with the answers written on the back. You can find the questions and answers by clicking this link. Work with your family on the flashcards so that everyone is able to answer each question clearly. To make it extra challenging you and your family can memorize each verse that goes with each question.
As you are driving in the car with your family ask if receiving gifts is something we earn or if gifts are freely given. Explain that a gift is simply something that is given and not something deserved or worked for. Then discuss how God gives us mercy as a gift, that while we didn’t earn it or deserve it, we still need it! John 3:16, Romans 5:8.
As you put your family to bed this week read to them this month’s memory verse:
"But you, O Lord are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness." _Psalm 86:15 (NLT)_
Help your kids begin memorizing the verse by asking them to tell you the five characteristics the verse describes God as (compassionate, merciful, slow to get angry, filled with unfailing love and faithfulness).
In the morning as you are getting your family ready for the day remind them that the God of the universe is the one who has chosen to show them mercy. That God is the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful creator of everything and He has chosen to give you mercy! How amazing! Say a quick prayer thanking God for His mercy.
Thank God for showing you your great need for Him and freely giving you mercy. Thank Him for the faithful believers who, since the 1st century, told someone who told someone who told you about His mercy.
Next week we are starting the month of April with MERCY. We will be learning that we can ask for mercy.
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