Mercy Me!


Justice-Seeking: How can we treat people fairly?


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Matthew 18:21-35

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant 

Matthew 18: 21, 22. Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.


Peter thought he had a good answer. He had just finished listening to Jesus talking about sin, so he figured that he could contribute to the conversation. He had a good question about forgiveness. How many chances to do you give to someone?  He thought that seven times would be a good number! But Jesus tells him 77 times. I’ve heard people say 70 X 7, which is 490 times! That’s a lot of forgiveness. But when we are teaching our children, we have to remember that we are teaching them about the God of second chances. Throughout the Bible, God loves His people so much that He gives them many chances to turn back to Him. He forgives them over and over again. He also loves them (us) so much that He sends Jesus to take our place in the ultimate example of forgiveness.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. At the fair, why is Liz disappointed?
A. He is disappointed, because his favorite baseball player Dizzy Snodgrass didn’t come to sign autographs.

Q. What was the problem with the tractor?
A. The accelerator was stuck.

Q. What kind of damage was done by Liz?
A. Grandpa’s booth was destroyed, and the tractor’s front end was totaled.

Q. To whom did Lucille give three dollars?
A. She gave three dollars to Scooter.

Q. In what did Scooter carry his change?
A. When you ask someone to forgive you what two things should you say? When someone asks for forgiveness what should you say? What should you not say? He carried it in a sock.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.


When you ask someone to forgive you what two things should you say?

When someone asks for forgiveness what should you say? What should you not say?


When you ask someone for forgiveness, you need to say that you are sorry and mean it. You should also say that you will try and not do the bad thing again. Saying sorry can be difficult and not doing something can also be difficult. We will fail. Then we need ask for forgiveness again.

When someone asks for forgiveness, we should thank them for coming to us and say, “I forgive you.” We should not dismiss it and say, “That’s all right.” That person is taking a big step, and we need to acknowledge what they are doing.


Name someone who you need to forgive, and work through things so that you can forgive that person. Is there someone from whom you need to ask forgiveness? Talk to that person this week.
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