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Leftover Hurt

Janice Long

An object lesson that deals with anger and the power of forgiveness.

Theme: Anger
Text: Ephesians 4:26
Preparation: You'll need one inflated, tied-off balloon for each child.

The Message: Raise your hand if you've ever been angry. Can you show me your angry face? I'm going to give you each a balloon that you can sit on and pop. Try to make an angry face while you pop your balloon.

How did you feel when you popped your balloon? What's left of your balloon?

Let's listen to God's Word. (Read the Scripture.)

If we go to bed mad enough to pop, there's usually something left over in the morning from our anger. We may still be angry at our friends, or we may still feel yucky in the morning. God doesn't want us to go to bed angry. God wants us to ask for forgiveness from any person we've hurt. And God also wants us to forgive anyone who's made us mad enough to pop. That'll make us feel better, too!

Let's pray. God, help us forgive our friends who hurt us and ask our friends to forgive us. Amen.

Janice Long is a former editorial assistant for Children's Ministry Magazine. Please keep in mind that phone numbers, addresses, and prices are subject to change.

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