Hey kids, today we are finishing up our series on the grid for kids. We have been learning about how to see the world like Jesus does. Each week, we’ve been adding to our good idea rocks that help us to live life with a Christian grid. So far, we have talked about truth, faith, love and obedience. And today, we are going to add just one more rock to our pile. Grace.
Grace is a fancy word for being kind and forgiving
Have you ever met someone who feels so strongly about what they believe that they end up making everyone feel really dumb or small if they don’t agree? Maybe you haven’t ever met someone like that, but someday you will that’s for sure! Don’t be that person.
If you’ve been going to church and learning about a Christian grid, that is great! But we don’t want you to go back to school or to your neighborhoods and start pointing fingers at everybody, making them feel like losers.
Jesus shows us grace when we mess up
Aren’t you glad he does that? Jesus doesn’t make fun of us when we mess up. He comes alongside to help us. This is important for us to remember: Jesus doesn’t accept us as his sons and daughters because of our good looks. And he doesn’t accept us because we’re such good people. The Bible says that Jesus makes us acceptable to God. We can’t earn our way to God. Only the grace of Jesus can make us right with God.
If we got grace, we gotta give grace
When we understand how grace works, it will totally change our attitude. Instead of thinking that we’re so great, we realize how great God is. We choose to live to honor him because we understand all he’s done for us.
Here’s a story to help us understand God’s grace a little more. Think about how silly it would be if you owed a friend $1,000,000. But, instead of making you pay it, they say, “Don’t worry about it.” Wow! How amazing that would be, huh?! But, instead of being thankful for the debt your friend forgave you, you remember a friend who owes you $10. And, you go and demand them to pay you back! What? That would be crazy!
But that’s how we come across to God when we forget what his grace has done for us. He has forgiven us the huge debt of all of our sins. We should be thankful to God for that gift. And, that also means we shouldn’t go around making our friends feel bad when they make a mistake. We should extend grace to them like God has extended grace to us. We should be kind and forgiving when they mess up. We shouldn’t rub their noses in it or make them feel like a loser.
So that’s it. That’s the grid for kids. Remember these five things; truth, love, faith, obedience, and grace. Keep all of those things in mind as you live everyday of your life, and you will learn how to see the world like Jesus did.
- What was your favorite part of the video? What is one thing you learned from the video?
- What’s the nicest thing someone’s ever done for you? How did it make you feel?
- What is grace? Why do we need God’s grace?
- How can you show grace to your friends when they mess up?
- Read Hebrews 4:16. How do we bring our concerns to God? What does he promise to give us when we do?
- How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?
Bonus Questions: Use these verses to have more conversations this week.
- Read Romans 3:23-24. What is the problem that we all have? What did Jesus do to make us right with God again?
- Read Titus 2:11. Who died for us? Why did Jesus do that for us?
- Read James 4:6. Why can’t we brag about our relationship with God?
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