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Year 4’s class value is ‘Forgiveness’
Refusing to forgive is a sin. If we receive forgiveness from God, we must give it to others who hurt us. We cannot hold grudges or seek revenge.
In year 4 we encourage our children to be:
willing to forgive
gracious toward others
quick to admit they were wrong, and to apologize.
Our class Bible story is ‘A son asks for forgiveness’ Luke 15:11-24
In this story that Jesus told, a son asked for the money that his father had put aside for him as his inheritance. The son then left home and spent all of the money having fun. When he had no money left he found a job feeding pigs. It was an awful job and the son became so hungry he wanted to eat the pigs’ food. The son realized how unhappy he was and thought that if he could get work as a servant for his father, taking care of his animals, life would be better.
The son realized that he had sinned against God and against his father. He returned home and asked for forgiveness. The father was overjoyed when his son came home and understood how sorry his son was for what he had done. The father forgave his son graciously and welcomed him back into the family. This is how God forgives us when we say we are sorry for our sins. He welcomes us into His family.