I Can Forgive Others
To encourage each child to be forgiving.
- Prepare smiley/frowny face for each child
- Copy of the coloring sheet for each child
- Picture 1-59, The Crucifixion
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Give each child a popsicle stick with a smiley face on one side and a frowny face on the other. I am going to ask you some questions and hold up the face that will answer the question.
How do you feel when someone pushes you down or hurts you?
How do you feel when someone makes fun of you or calls you names?
How do you feel when other children won’t let you play with them?
How do you feel when someone breaks something that belongs to you?
Review from the previous lesson how important it is to say “I’m sorry.” Explain that after the children say they are sorry, they should forgive each other. This means that they should not be angry at each other anymore and they should be friends. Remind the children of the story about Matt and Travis from the previous lesson. Matt forgave Travis for taking his toys. They were still friends.
Joseph forgave his brothers
I am going to tell you a story of 12 brothers
. That is a lot of boys! Joseph was the second to the youngest brother.
Jacob was their father and Joseph was very special to him. He spoiled Joseph and that made the other brothers really jealous. Jacob had a very special coat made for Joseph.
This coat was so beautiful! It had so many colors in it. This made the brothers even more jealous! They hated Joseph.
Joseph’s brothers were in charge of taking care of the animals. They would take them far from home to find food. Jacob was starting to get worried about the boys and sent Joseph to find his brother.
They brother saw Joseph off in the distance coming towards them. They had such hatred for him they decided that they were going to kill him. Joseph oldest brother Reuben didn’t want to kill him so he came up with a better plan.
Reuben saw a hole in the distance. “Let’s put him in the hole.” Reuben would then come back at night and help him out of the hole. The brothers took off Joseph coat and through him into the hole.
On their way back home the brothers came a crossed a group of people. One of the brother came up with a plan. This plan not only would get rid of Joseph but it would also make them some money. They decided to sell Joseph into slavery. They sold him to Potiphar
. Potiphar was a powerful man in Egypt.
How do you think Joseph felt when his brothers sold him to be a slave in Egypt?
Now, what to tell their father. The brothers killed a goat and smeared the blood all of the coat. They took the coat to their father. They told him that a wild animal had killed Joseph. Jacob cried
. He lost his beloved son Joseph.
Meanwhile in Egypt, Joseph started out as a slave. Potiphar saw what a hard worker Joseph was and made him in charge of everything. Potiphar saw that God helped Joseph. Potiphar liked and trusted Joseph.
Potiphar’s wife also like Joseph. She tried to make Joseph kiss her but Joseph knew this was not right. This made Potiphar’s wife mad. She lied to Potiphar about Joseph, so Potiphar through Joseph in jail.
While Joseph was in jail there was two of the king’s servants were in prison with him. They told Joseph about their dreams and Joseph, with God’s help, would tell them what their dreams meant.
One night the king of Egypt had some dreams he didn’t upstand. He asked all of his advisers what the dreams meant but no one knew. The king’s servant that had been in jail with Joseph remembered Joseph. He told the king that Joseph would understand the king’s dreams.
The king sent for Joseph. Joseph said God told him what the king’s dreams meant. Joseph said the people in Egypt would have more food than they needed for seven years. Then there would be a famine. No food would grow for seven years. Joseph said the people must store food and then they would have food when the famine came.
. The people did what Joseph told them to do. They stored food for seven years.
There was a famine in other lands too. People would came from all over to buy food from the Egyptians. One day Jacob, Joseph’s dad, sent his oldest sons to Egypt to buy food. When they arrived in Egypt Joseph recognized them, but they did not know who he was.
How do you think Joseph felt to be with his brothers again?
Joseph did not tell them who he was, but he told them next time to bring all the brothers to buy food.
When the food was gone, the brothers went back to Egypt
. Joseph took them to his house he had a big surprise for them. Joseph told his brothers who he was. The brothers were scared, they knew how powerful Joseph was and they remembered what they had done to him.
Joseph said they should not be afraid. God sent him to Egypt to save them from the famine. He told them to tell his father he was alive. Joseph said all of Jacob’s family should come to Egypt and he would take care of them.
The brothers were happy. They told Jacob that Joseph was alive. Jacob was happy. Jacob and his sons took their families to Egypt. The king of Egypt gave the Israelites land and animals. They were happy to be in Egypt.
Was Joseph angry with his brothers?
How do you think Joseph’s brothers felt toward him?
How did Joseph show he had forgiven his brothers?
Jesus told us to be forgiving
In the Bible, Jesus told us to be forgiving. One of Jesus’ apostles asked him about forgiving others. Jesus told him that we should always be forgiving. The Bible also tells us that Jesus was forgiving.
Display picture 1-59, The Crucifixion.
The soldiers were very cruel to Jesus. They beat him and spit on him. The soldiers drove nails through Jesus’ hands and feet and hung him on a cross to die. Jesus forgave the soldiers. He wasn’t angry with the soldiers for what they had done to him.
Turn to Luke 23:34 and tell the children what Jesus said when he prayed to Heavenly Father just before he died: “Father, forgive them.” Have the children repeat this phrase aloud a few times.
Even though the soldiers hurt Jesus, what did he do?
What does Jesus want us to do if someone makes us feel angry or unhappy?
Do the following finger play. Invite the children to do the actions with you.
Two little friends, one left and one right (hold up both hands with fists closed),
Started to quarrel and started to fight (wave fists at each other).
Now these little friends were not happy that day,
For they had been taught the right way to play.
Then one little friend hid his head down in shame (lower right fist from wrist and turn away);
The other did too, for he felt just the same (lower left fist and turn away also).
The first little friend said, “I know what I’ll do (clap hands).
To show you I’m sorry, I’ll ask forgiveness of you.”
“I too am sorry,” the next one did say,
“Let’s play and be happy the rest of the day” (fold arms and sit down).
We can forgive others
Try to emphasize how unhappy they feel when they are angry with someone.
What does this angry feeling make you want to do? (Try to emphasize that anger does not make us want to act like Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want us to act.)
. He knows that it is not always easy to forgive others when we have been hurt, but he wants us to follow his example.
Sing or say the words to “Jesus Said Love Everyone” (Children’s Songbook, p. 61)
Give each child a Joseph coloring page.
Bear your testimony that Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to be forgiving. Encourage the children to pray and ask Heavenly Father to help them forgive others.
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