Rich in Mercy (Attribute of God: Merciful)

Daniel 9:9 “But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him.”

Materials:

  1. Tissue Paper
  2. Colored Pens
  3. A Bowl of Water
  4. Coloring Page Daniel 7:7

Before I share what we did during the Family Devotionals, allow me to share a little background. The week before we did this devotional, my husband and I went into prayer and fasting for one week. We fasted on social media and our breakfast. We had a prayer and fasting list for us to specifically pray for. One of the prayer items there was for our family to experience God as a family. God did move and made this family devotional so real to us and more so to the kids. Allow me to share what I posted on my Facebook page – Christian Mom 101

Long post ahead…

Last Sunday, we had our family devotionals about one of God’s attribute – MERCIFUL. As I’ve said on my earlier post, God made it more real for us including the kids.

While driving home, I received a call addressing me for my negligence. The phone was attached to the car’s Bluetooth so everybody heard the conversation except for Zara who was sound asleep. Apologized to the other party but still it was not acceptable. The problem with that conversation was foul words were said on the other end. Those words were never heard of by my kids from me and my husband. It made my kids cry because they were scared. At the back of my mind, I knew I did a mistake but I also didn’t deserve that kind of anger for an honest mistake.

Arrived home with a heavy heart. It was so hard to continue with our family devotionals after dinner but it was our commitment to the Lord and to the kids. While Vincent and I were reviewing it, we couldn’t help but be amazed how real God’s mercy was to us is at that very moment. We were just amazed how timely the topic is and come to think of it, we prepared for this topic days ahead.

It was a comfort that my negligence is forgiven by God not because I deserved it but because God is merciful. It wasn’t only real to me and Vincent but more so my kids. They understood it more because they experienced it through witnessing what happened.

The last portion of our family devotionals was the part when we asked them to think of someone who has hurt them and is hard to forgive. Included in their list was the incident that happened in the car. It was hard but we had to teach them to also show mercy because we have been shown mercy.

For the past two weeks, Vincent and I have been praying that God would let us experience Him as a family. In fact for one week it was part of our prayer and fasting list. This was an answer to prayer indeed.

God’s purposes are higher than ours. He turned the ugly incident for our good. We have experienced God’s mercy together as a family. All glory to God.

I also encourage parents to pray that God will create situations that will make you experience God together as a family.

In the next few weeks, I am excited to share in detail what we did during our family devotionals about God’s attribute – MERCIFUL 🙏

So here goes our family devotional on one of the most precious Attribute of God – Merciful

After prayer, my husband read a short story to them about Sam Brown. Here it goes…

Be Free.

Sam Brown trembled with fear. Everyone knew that the judge he stood before was the toughest and fairest judge in the land. And for Sam, this spelled doom. He knew he deserved the harshest penalty for there was no doubt about his guilt.

The judge’s voice was strong and solemn. “You have been found guilty,” he pronounced to the prisoner as well as the overflowing court room. Everyone held their breath, waiting for what they were sure would come next. Sam’s crimes deserved life in “The Pit,” a horrible place where no one ever left alive. Sam hung his head.

Suddenly to everyone’s shock, the judge did something that had never been done before. He said to the prisoner, “Justice must be served. You are guilty. There is no reason to love you. Nevertheless, I do love you, in spite of yourself. And because of my love for you, I have decided to take your place. You are free, Sam Brown. You can go now. Don’t do this again.” The judge pounded his gavel. The courtroom was silent.

After a stunned moment, courtroom guards unlocked the shackles that secured Sam. The judge took off his judge’s robe and snapped the irons on his wrists and ankles. As the judge was led away to “The Pit,” tears of gratitude flowed down Sam’s cheeks. He ran up to the judge, pushing his way through the crowd. “Thank you!” he cried out, “Thank you! I love you Dad, I love you!”

We explained to the kids that what the Judge did was an act of mercy motivated by his love for Sam

. It is obvious that Sam needed to face the consequences of his sin. He needed to pay for it but the judge, his own father paid the penalty that Sam needed to pay.

We asked the children these questions:

  • How did the judge show mercy to Sam? (He took the place of Sam)
  • Why do you think he did it? (He loved Sam)

We had to explain why God needs to be merciful to us.

Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death.” For every sin that we have committed against God, we are accountable for it and the consequence is death – not only physically but spiritually as well. Spiritually dead means we are separated from God forever.

Each one of us had a tissue paper. We asked the kids to think about the bad things they have done for the week. Then we asked them to write it down on the tissue paper. My husband and I participated in the activity as well. (Oh don’t forget to place a cardboard under the tissue paper so that it won’t blot out and leave a mark on the table) We asked them to hold on to the paper for a minute and read Ephesians 2:4-5 “God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!”

We magnified the phrase “RICH IN MERCY”. So rich that God sent His only Son to die a painful death on the cross so that our sins will be paid and forgiven. Amazing God!

To amplify the mercy of God to our children, we asked them to place the tissue paper where we wrote down our sins in the bowl of water. We asked them to observe what will happen. The water washed everything that was written down on the tissue paper. Not one word can be recognized. That is the mercy of God. Our sins – past, present, and future are forgiven and forgotten by God simply because He is RICH IN MERCY.

As a result, Romans 5:10-11 “Since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” We are now friends with God. Praise God!

Because we have been shown mercy, we are also to show mercy to those who have hurt and offended us. We thought of the people who have hurt us. Number one on our list was the person who offended us that night. It was really God who worked the situation for us to make it so real in our lives. We had to be reminded of the richness of God’s mercy to us so that we can extend mercy to those who have offended us.

For them to remember the lesson, they colored an activity sheet on Daniel 7:7 (download pdf on the materials part)

I can’t help but end with a beautiful hymn:

HIS MERCY IS MORE

Verse 1:

What love could remember, no wrongs we have done

Omniscient, all-knowing, He counts not their sum

Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore

Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Verse 2:

What patience would wait as we constantly roam

What Father so tender is calling us home

He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor

Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Verse 3:

What riches of kindness He lavished on us

His blood was the payment His life was the cost

We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford

Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Chorus:

Praise the Lord

His mercy is more

Stronger than darkness

New every morn’

Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Love,

Christian Mom

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I am a sinner saved by grace, a slave to the Most High God, a worshipper of Jesus Christ, a wife of one husband and a mom of three.

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