Showing someone mercy when they have wronged you can be very challenging. When someone is unkind to you, it’s only natural to be mean back to them. Except, that’s not how God wants us to treat others! Jesus tells us to love one another, as He loved us. We don’t deserve His love and kindness, but that’s why God is merciful – He shows us compassion even though we’ve sinned against Him. In our devotion, we see how Esau showed compassion and was merciful to Jacob, forgiving him of all the wrongdoings of the past.
Our Bible story is from Genesis 33:1-11. It tells us how Esau reacted to Jacob’s homecoming after being gone for many, many years.
“For I will be merciful towards their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”Hebrews 8:12
Our Merciful God
We don’t deserve God’s love. We deserve His anger and punishment for our sins. But Jesus showed us the ultimate love and kindness for us when He died on the cross in our place. God desires us to show that love and kindess to others, to forgive and be merciful when others sin against us. Because what a loving and merciful God we have who has forgiven our sins for Jesus’ sake, and loves us dearly!
Our devotion has a coloring page and activity sheet that kids can fill out while listening to our devotion, or they can be used afterward for a family devotion time. Find them at https://donutsanddevos.com/coloring-activity-page-episode-036/ .
Here’s the rundown of our devotion this week:
[2:02] The Lord’s Prayer
[2:47] Bible Story: Genesis 33:1-11
[4:41] Kid’s Devotion
[8:33] Faith Word of the Day: “Merciful”
[10:14] Memory Verse: Hebrews 8:12
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