By Lois Parker Edstrom
Object suggested: Use a poster board or blackboard to illustrate this acrostic as you present it to the children.
Do you ever make mistakes? I sure do. Do you ever make a mistake that hurts someone?We don’t always do the right thing in the right way even though we try. Sometimes, if we are angry or hurt, we do or say things that hurt others.
Jesus teaches us how to make things better. Jesus says, “Repent, and believe in the Good News ” (1:15).This word, “repent,” may be new to you. It means that you feel sorry for what you did or said that was hurtful and want to change. How do we do this?
R – Recognize. We must recognize that we made a mistake and were hurtful.
E – End. We must be willing to put an end to our bad behavior.
P – Pray. It helps to pray about the situation and ask for God’s help.
E – Earnest. We must be earnest in wanting to be forgiven for what we have done – really meant it!
N – Now. Now is the time to ask for forgiveness from God and from the person who has been hurt.
T – Thanks. Give thanks to God that we have an opportunity to change our lives for the better.
Jesus teaches us to repent and believe in the good news of God’s love.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2009 Richard Niell Donovan