Free Devotional! Helping Teach the Importance of Grace
Focus: Ephesians 4:31-32
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (ESV).
Sea Kids Story
June holds a grudge against her friends and is angry at her teacher for calling on her when her claw was not raised. She prays to Jesus, asking why everyone is picking on her, and says she will avoid them until they apologize. She finds herself alone and sad in class because her friends are not happy with her actions. After hearing God’s word about letting go of anger, she apologizes to her friends, and they apologize for not including her in their class group. She learns holding grudges and not forgiving others is wrong.
Watch and Read Together
Pure Flix offers a free trial, where you can get all 26 Sea Kids episodes! Watch Sea Kids episode, “Grudge or Grace.” Then, read Matthew 22:37-39 and Ephesians 4:26.
Everyone gets angry sometimes. Maybe you get angry if you have to wait in line for too long, or you have to share your favorite toy. The devil loves it when we show anger to others. How do you feel when someone is angry with you? How do you feel when someone is nice to you? It is also not nice to blame others for anything you have done wrong. People who are always angry and mad do not have many friends, and you should pray for them, asking Jesus to help them change their hearts to be nice and kind.
Answer these questions together. Have an open and honest discussion and learn how each family member can be respectful to each other and other people, as God’s word directs.
- What are the two most important commandments?
- Why do you think God gave us the Ten Commandments?
- How do you act toward others when you are angry?
- When someone is holding a grudge against you, how can you show them God’s grace?
Finally, Pray Together!
Set a time each day to pray, asking the Holy Spirit to fill you with the Fruit of the Spirit.
- As you pray for the Holy Spirit to fill you, look for opportunities to exhibit, in your actions, one Fruit, in particular, that day and another fruit the next day, until you have exhibited each Fruit of God’s Holy Spirit.