Teaching Children The Mercy of God

Teaching Children The Mercy of God

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The mercy of God is an important component of human life. Let’s look at the story of John and his mum as we seek to understand the mercy of God.

John’s heart boomed in his chest as he stood looking at his mother. He didn’t mean to break the five bottles of freshly pressed orange juice meant for the women’s meeting at church tomorrow. One of the bottles sat on the bread wrapper and as he pulled the bread out from the fridge, disaster struck.

“I am sorry, mummy,” he said.

He waited for his punishment. He couldn’t meet her eyes as she looked long and hard at him.

“It’s okay” she said. “Just clean it up.”

That was it. He couldn’t believe his ears. Instantly, he got the mop and bucket and began to clean.

Minutes later, mummy hears Loveth crying. John had hit her for removing one of the tires from his toy car. It was a mistake.

“But I didn’t do anything to you when you broke the bottles of juice?”

John acted like the wicked servant in Matt. 18: 21-35 as told by Jesus.

The wicked servant refused to be merciful to his fellow servant after receiving mercy from his master. He owed his master more, compared to what his fellow servant owed him.

Much like John’s mistake compared to his sister’s. He could have just told Loveth “It’s okay. Just fix it.” Much like mummy said to him.

Why do you think John and the servant in the story acted as they did? They did so because they weren’t grateful for the mercy they received. They forgot that their offense was worth punishing for but who they offended decided they were worth not punishing.

The story teaches us two things:

Firstly, we should be grateful for God’s mercy because we’ve all come short of mercy. And it’s only through Jesus’ death on the cross that we have the right to receive mercy from God.

Secondly, as we have received this mercy, we are meant to reciprocate it to others ‘You should have mercy on your fellow-servant, just as I had mercy on you.’ Matt. 18:33.

What do you think mommy would do to John? Well, the master in the story was angry when he found out what happened and had the wicked servant thrown into jail until he could pay back what he owed Matt. 18: 34.

Jesus said that is how God will deal with us if we don’t have mercy on others.

Who are you going to forgive today?

Prayer:
Dear God, I thank you for showing me mercy. Amen

Action point:
Continually ask God to help you to do this continually.

Parents:
My children are merciful. As they receive mercy from God, they give mercy out to others in Jesus name. Thank you, Lord.

Declaration:
My children show mercy. They are considerate and loving to their neighbours.

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How To Know When Your Marriage Needs New Wine

How To Know When Your Marriage Needs New Wine

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Every marriage at one time or another will need the wine in the marriage to be renewed or replenish. This happens probably because we made more withdrawals than deposits in the emotional tank of each other.

Life happens and a times we get too busy or occupied with our tight schedules that we lag behind in the things that make our marriage sizzle. Maybe as a wife you have been busy with house chores, children , in laws, office work and you have been a liitle grouchy lately.

As a husband too, maybe you have been cranky lately with bills piling up and their deadline approaching or as a son to your parents you have responsibilities to fulfill or maybe your mechanic played a fast one on you and the list could be endless of different things that get us overwhelmed with life itself.

All these will eventually affect our marriage one way or the other.

In John 2:1-11 in the story of the Marriage at Cana in Galilee, we saw that at a particular point and time in the marriage the new finished. Thank God for Jesus being around at the marriage.

Jesus is the only solution for finished wine in our marriage. But Jesus alone did make it happen. Just as your being born again doesn’t guarantee the automatic renewal of the wine of your marriage.

In the marriage at Cana of Galilee, the key players are

1. Jesus Christ
2. The mother of Jesus
3. The Servants
4. The Bride and Groom
5. The chairman of the ceremony

For there to be renewal of your marriage wine you also need these people in your marriage.

1. Jesus Christ. – He is the Word. You need the word to be spoken over your marriage. You have to have an active relationship with the word and invite Jesus into your marriage.

2. The mother of Jesus. – you need people who care and are interested in you because they love you. They notice the little details of your life about your life and watch out for you. You have to give them the permission into your space.

They are like your mentor. This could also pass for the Holy spirit. Who nudges you that the wine in your marriage needs renewal.

3. The servants. These are like your Protégées. They will do whatever you ask them to do. You must know how to manage them for the benefit of your marriage. Don’t let them become pain to you, they are gift. This could pass for your faculties you employ and yield in obedience to Jesus

4. The bride and groom. – they are the couples whose marriage the wine needs renewal. Their marriage can become beautiful again. They can be helped of God and become the envy of all people.

5. The chairman of the ceremony. – this stands for the unbelievers around who will witness and share in the joy of what the Lord has and can do in your marriage when invited.

May we always allow Jesus into our marriage.
God bless our marriage.

CONFESSION FOR THE DAY
The wine of my marriage will not finish. I receive divine refilling.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Lord, help me to know when I need a refill.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
John 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

ACTION PLAN FOR THE DAY
Obey God’s instructions.

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