An Activity – Forgiven

Sometimes the person we find it hardest to forgive is ourselves.

This activity helps us to think through the sometimes difficult reality of our Father’s wonderful forgiveness. This activity is better done in quiet.

You will need a piece of paper, a pencil and a rubber. Take a minute to sit quietly, breathing slowly, as you ponder some part of your life that you know is not in line with God’s will.

Lord, you have searched me and you know me.

Write it on the paper, a few words are all you need. Fold the paper over if you are in company, then sit quietly with the paper in your hands.

Lord, you have searched me and you know me.

Allow God into that area and respond with repentance in the measure that you honestly can. If this is not much then you can ask God to help change your heart. It far better to say “God, I am not much sorry for this, but I want to be more sorry”, than it is to speak false words of pious hypocrisy.

Lord, you have searched me and you know me.

If you have repented honestly, then God has forgiven you. No matter what. Nothing is so big or so bad that God cannot forgive.

Take the pencil and cross out the words on your paper. This is not what God has done.

Scribble out the words. This is not what God has done.

Rub out the words. This is what God has done. In their place write forgiven. Take the paper home.

Suggested Texts

  • Psalm 51
  • Psalm 103:8-12
  • Psalm 139
  • Isaiah 1:18
  • 1 John 1:8
  • Colossians 1:13-14

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