- Offering a new beginning and starting again
- Restoring a friendship
- Not holding a grudge
- Saying sorry
- Encouraging honesty
‘Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive others.’ Colossians 3:13
If a person is forgiven for something that they have done wrong, they usually want to show that they mean to behave differently in the future. Sometimes we call this ‘turning over a new leaf’.
If we hold onto our hurt feelings they can damage our friendships. We call this bearing a grudge.
In a mysterious and amazing way, when Jesus died on the cross He was taking all the wrong in the world upon His shoulders. He paid the price so that we don’t have to answer to God for the bad things we have done. We are forgiven.
Zacchaeus the Tax Collector (Luke 19: 1-10)
The Return of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 11-32)
The Easter Story
The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers
Oops by Pennie Kidd
The Tale of Desperaux by Kate Di Camillo