Devotion: Sin Hurts

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Children’s Devotion: You’ll need a marble for
each child and a Bible.

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The Message: (Have each child put a marble in
his or her shoe. For the next two minutes, have children walk
around your room. The children will naturally complain about the
pain, but don’t let them remove the marbles.)

(Have the children sit in a circle. Read 1 John 1:8.) How does the marble in your shoe
feel now? In what ways is sin like or unlike having a marble in
your shoe?

Take the marble from your shoe and drop it in the middle of our
circle as you name a sin, such as stealing or lying. (Allow time.
Read 1 John 1:9. Then put all the marbles in your
shoes and stand up.) Jesus can forgive our sins because he once
held them all. When Jesus died on the cross, he took your sin and
my sin, and he felt our pain. He loved us so much that he died to
forgive our sins.

(Remove the marbles from your shoes and sit down.) What did you
think when I put your marbles in my shoes? Explain. How is what I
did like or unlike what Jesus did for us on the cross?

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Grades 4-6

Theme: Jesus’ forgiveness
Text: 1 John 1:8-9

Rick Chromey
Florrisant, Missouri

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