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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Week 4 - Psalm 103:11-12

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Before reading this post with your children, we suggest you review it yourself and then discuss with them some words they may not understand. We have linked to definitions, pictures and/or other information about the "Words to Know" below, in the "Notes to Parents" section of the post for your convenience.
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  So Great is His Love  

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His love for those who fear Him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us."
– Psalm 103:11-12

source: learnersdictionary
Last week we learned about sin. This week, we will be learning about forgiveness and love - specifically the love and forgiveness that God offers to us.

Romans 5:8 tells us that God demonstrated His love for us by taking the punishment for our sins upon Himself...even while we were still sinning. He did not wait until we stopped doing wrong things. He did not wait until we chose to love Him.

"This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." - 1 John 4:10

source: bibletimenews
Psalm 103 describes God's love toward those who honor Him: His love is measureless, "as high as the heavens are above the earth".  This chapter also describes His forgiveness: He removes our sins as far as the east is from the west; they are gone.  God showed us His love when Jesus took the punishment for our sins and died in our place. When we accept what Jesus did for us, God removes our sin...we no longer need to pay the penalty ourselves. [Romans 6:23].

As you memorize your verse this week, remember to thank God for His great love and for the forgiveness He shows to us.


           Notes to parents:         


Words to know:


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Discussion Questions:

Do not be afraid of addressing this issue of sin with your children. They already know that they do wrong. And at a very young age children begin to feel and express emotions such as anger and frustration at others when they are treated unfairly and shame and remorse when they do something wrong. Children need to know that they can be forgiven. They need to learn how to forgive others. Even before our children are able to talk, we can witness in them the result of this ugly thing called sin.

Remember that in many ways, you as the parent, are the example to your child of who God is and what He is like. The way you deal with issues of sin and forgiveness within your own family will certainly impact everyone within your home. Are you compassionate and gracious? Are you slow to anger or quick to accuse? Do you hold bitterness inside or remind your children over and over of past wrongs or mistakes they have made? Do you forgive each other? Do you insist on giving one another "what you deserve"...or do you balance training and discipline with grace and love? Consider how you can reflect God's character as you interact with your children this week.


- How much does God love us? Can His love for us be measured?

- How far is the east from the west?

- How high are the heavens above the earth?

- If God removes our sin from us, why are we still punished for the wrong things we do? [Why do people go to jail...or time-out?]

- What does it mean to "fear" God?

- If God forgives us, how should we respond when other people do wrong?

- How can we love and forgive someone who has done wrong to us? Does this mean that we allow people to continue doing wrong things to us?

- God will forgive me, so does it really matter if I choose to sin?

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Additional Resources:
Please review all links before sharing them with your children. 

- Read the context. Read Psalm 103

- Learn more about God's plan of salvation at Blue Letter Bible.org

- Read the account of Adam and Eve in Genesis 2:15-3:24. What lie did they believe that made them decide to disobey God?

- Here are some verses that may help you as you study and discuss questions regarding sin: Romans 3:23-24, Romans 7:18-25, James 4:17, 1 John 1:8-10, Romans 5:6-8, and Romans 10:9-10.

-Here are some verses that may help you as you study and discuss questions regarding forgiveness: Colossians 3:13, Matthew 6:14-15, Matthew 18:21-35, Psalm 130:2-5, John 8:2-11, Psalm 32:1-5, Luke 6:27-40, Ephesians 3:12, Titus 3:3-7.

-Here are some verses that may help you as you study and discuss questions regarding God's love: Psalm 107:1, 43, 1 John 4:8-21, 1 John 3:1, 1 John 3:16-18, Psalm 136, Zephaniah 3:17, Romans 5:6-8, Romans 8:35-39,

- Visit our companion site, Grow Little Seeds, for more activities and ideas and free printable pages as you study Psalm 103:8-10.

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