PURPOSE OF THE LESSON Teach children that God is pleased when we forgive our fellow.
Educator, start by asking the kids: What would you do if a friend be upset with you for having beaten him in a contest, a game or because you met a new friend? (Wait them to participate) That’s a hard situation, isn’t it? Sometimes several motives let people sad or jealous of each other. Today in our story we will hear about a king who got sad and very jealous of someone who always helped him with so much love. Do you want to know who I’m talking about? So pay attention.
DAVID LOOKED after his father's lambs with so much love. He used to play his harp and rejoice everyone who was listening and because of his great gift the young man was taken to the king’s palace. Do you know what for? (Wait them to participate). To play his harp, that’s right! The king was being tormented by evil spirits and the music that David played kept those spirits away for the Spirit of God lived in David and made him bless everyone around him.
It happened one day when David and Saul returned from the battle in which David had defeated a giant and all women in the city began to sing saying: “Saul has injured his thousands, and David his ten thousands.”
The king’s heart was sad because people loved David more than himself, therefore he was so jealous. Shame on him, right kids? David knew that the king wasn’t a bad person but he was dominated by a very bad feeling. For having a kind heart and learning to forgive David didn’t let sadness get into his heart because those who love God know how to forgive each other.
Little friends, have you ever felt sad with someone? (Wait them to participate). Don’t be sad with this person because we must forgive those who hate us. Did you know that when the Lord Jesus was on the cross he forgave a thief? That’s right! And we also ought to be like him, to forgive those who make us sad. It’s written in the book of Psalms: “Yet God was merciful; He forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them.” God forgives our failures for He is merciful and we must follow David’s example, a man who had a kind heart ready to forgive.
Kids, we learn from today’s story that David had a heart that pleased God and forgave king Saul several times. We must follow David’s example. When we obey the word of God and we have a clean heart besides being greatly blessed, we also bless our neighbor.
Educator, take to the class office paper, a black pencil and a rubber. In advance make some dots, risks and scribbles using the pencil.
Show this paper to the kids and ask: Look at this paper. Is it clean? They will surely say: No, it’s dirty! Agree with them and say: It’s true; it has some spots and dirty. Ask them how to let it clean again. Show them the rubber and explain: When someone do something wrong or keep bad feelings, one’s heart witch once was clean gets dirty. Do you know what displeases God? (Let children say examples). Just as I clear the paper with rubber (educator, erase the scribbles with the rubber), when a person regrets, the Lord Jesus cleans your heart from bad things.
Right after that say for each question you will make they must analyze and answer how they feel about it. Educator put the kids set in a circle so they can hear the answers from each other.
Pick some kids and ask:
1) When a friend doesn’t want to lend a toy, I get…
2) When I’m making my homework at school or at home I get…
3) When mommy or daddy tell me it’s time to go to bed I get…
4) When a friend doesn’t do what I want in a game I get…
5) When a friend comes with a new colleague I get…
6) When I wake up early to go to
7) When I’m not at
Educator, conclude explaining to the kids that we must have a clean heart always ready to forgive those who are close to us, being our friends or not. Children, we must not let bad feelings to get into our hearts. The Lord Jesus is always willing to forgive us; therefore we must follow His example, amen!