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This resource is designed to allow your family to have time in God’s Word
BEFORE your children attend church. Because God’s plan is for parents to be
the primary spiritual nurturers of their children’s faith, we want YOU to be the
one to introduce this part of The Big God Story to them.
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• Rabbinic tradition held that a person should forgive another three times.
• Jesus taught, in contrast to Rabbinic teaching, that we shouldn’t number the
amount of times we offer forgiveness to others.
• The servant in this story owed the king more money than he could have ever
repaid to him.
• Through this parable, Jesus taught that we can’t compare what we owe and
what we’ve been forgiven. 


Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
Matthew 18:21–35
Jesus tells the parable of the unmerciful servant. Through this story, Jesus
communicates to His followers why and how we should forgive.

Play Peak and Pit, but instead of sharing the best and worst parts of your day,
share about a person who blessed you recently and a person who upset you—
someone you may need to forgive. Share with your children that God calls us to
forgive others. Read together Matthew 18:21–35. How many times did Jesus tell
Peter we should forgive someone? Discuss why the master was upset with his
servant. Talk about options for forgiving the person who hurt you (from the Peak
and Pit game). Explain that God continues to forgive us and wants us to do the
same to others. 

It’s important for parents to model forgiveness in the home. When your child or
spouse has wronged you, the way you respond with forgiveness, or not, will have
an impact on how your child responds to situations in the future in his own life.

Your older child may have faced one or more situations that make it very difficult
to forgive those who have wronged her. Remind her that forgiveness doesn’t
necessarily mean a restored relationship, it simply means extending the same
grace that’s been extended to us by Jesus.

© 2016 David C Cook. TruResources are developed in partnership with ROCKHARBOR Church
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Lesson 10

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise
up on compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!
Isaiah 30:18

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss the following together:
• How did the king show mercy to his servant?
• How has God shown you forgiveness?
• Who can you show forgiveness to today?  

A blessing can be a spoken prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or
words of encouragement and guidance over your child. For more information
about blessing your child, see the Blessing section in HomeFront: A Spiritual
Parenting Resource @
A blessing to pray over your child:
(Child’s name), may you know God’s forgiveness this week. May you forgive
others as He has forgiven you.