Forgiveness - Come Follow Me: Sep. 9th-15th (2 Corinthians 2:5-11)
This week's video and lesson bundle focus on 2 Corinthians 2:5-11. Paul teaches about forgiveness. The video "The Angry Bee" will help explain how grudges and holding on to anger only hurts ourselves, not the offender. Included in the bundle are discussion questions and an activity to go along with the video.
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➤ L E S S O N
Open the lesson with the song and a prayer.
🎶 K A R A O K E V I D E O : "Love One Another"
➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N
Place one small piece of candy or some other small snack in front of each child (a marshmallow, a grape, a cracker, etc.). Now ask them to complete the following tasks:
Wave ‘hi’ to everyone else who is present!
Scratch your ear!
Now have a snack! (Children may now eat the snack you placed in front of them!)
After they complete these simple tasks, put another snack in front of each child (same as before). Now ask the children to close their hands into really tight fists! Ask them to complete the same activities once more (while continuing to squeeze their fists as tight as possible).
Explain: “This is what our hearts feel like when we are angry (squeezing tight with our fists). It takes a lot of work and it makes us so tired! And when we are angry, it’s really hard to do anything except be angry!
But when we forgive (instruct children to release their hands), we feel calm, and we are free again. We can do the things we would like to do (wiggle your fingers around to demonstrate the freedom of movement), and we can do the things that Heavenly Father wants us to do!
🎥 V I D E O: The Angry Bee: A Story About Forgiveness
Say: “Lets watch a video about a bee who was angry.” Ask the children to see if they can figure out why the bee was angry!
[Watch Video: “The Angry Bee”]
Discuss the following questions after watching the video:
Why was the bee angry?
What did the bee do when he was angry?
Was the bee happy while he was angry?
What do you think the bee did after he decided to forgive?
How did the bee feel when he decided to forgive?
➤ S C R I P T U R E
Say: “When we read these scriptures, see if you can find three special words: forgive, comfort, and love.” (If you wish, you may direct children to highlight, mark, or circle these words in their scriptures).
After reading the verses, ask the following questions:
Did you find the word forgive? (Children show where they found the word.)
What does it mean to forgive one another? (Discuss)
Did you find the word comfort? (Children show where they found the word.)
What does it mean to comfort one another? (Discuss)
Did you find the word love? (Children show where they found the word.)
What does it mean to love one another? (Discuss)
➤ A C T I V I T Y
Instruct children to think of something that someone did recently that made them feel angry or sad. Tell them to draw a picture of it inside the thought bubble (they could also write it or ask for help if needed). Instruct children to color the picture with angry colors!
Instruct children to think of the thing that they drew (or wrote) on the first coloring page, and then draw it (or write it) on the leaf. Invite children to imagine how it would feel to forgive instead of being angry. Invite children to color the picture with happy colors!
➤ T E S T I M O N Y
Bear testimony of the truths found in the scriptures.