Getting rid of the rocks
Number four of my five part devotional series for my kids on ‘how to be a great Christian’ was on the importance of forgiveness!
I started by reviewing the other three days, using the fingers of our hands as prompts, the first finger being Prayer, the second finger, reading the Bible and the third finger going to the church.
And then I spoke of how every person on the planet sins, does wrong and that we need to pray to Jesus, to admit our sin and then Jesus will forgive us, and once that happens our sins are gone!!!
I read 1 John 1:9:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
And reinforced how important it is to share our sins with Jesus and to know that He takes the sins away.
Then we performed a play!
My 6 year old boy carried a bag on his back, my 3 year old and my 1 year old put rocks into the bag, and each rock represented a sin, weighing my boy down, eventually his bag was full and he called out, ‘help me Jesus! Please forgive my sins.’ At that point my daughter stepped forward and playing the part of Jesus she started to remove the rocks, one by one till the bag was empty and he was free of the burden!! I asked my boy whether he felt relieved to not having the weight on his back (it was heavy!), he turned to me and said, ‘no it wasn’t heavy, easy to carry dad!’, that’s my macho 6 year old boy, don’t mess with him!! LOL!
I want to declare that without the forgiveness I find at the foot of the cross I would be a mess. I say this not only as an Anglican Priest, but as a qualified psychotherapist. The grace available to me at the cross is one of the most beautiful aspects of my walk with Jesus. It is freely given and I embrace it wholeheartedly. I am far from perfect and to know when I slip up, when my bag is full of rocks, that I can go to Jesus and he will forgive me. YES!! Praise Jesus!!
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