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‘Forgiveness’ 1

 

(Characters: Little Molly, Grandma Lucy.)

(Setting: Grandma Lucy’s house )

(Props: none)

 

Little Molly: (very upset and is sniffling) Grandma Lucy, are you home?

Grandma Lucy: (enters) Yes, dear? Why, what’s the matter, Little Molly?

Little Molly: Well, today in school I was coloring like all the other kids, and Sally Anne was sitting next to me. We were sharing a box of crayons, and I was going to use the blue crayon, so I reached for it, but then she said that she needed to use it, and we got into a big argument and she called me selfish and told me I wasn’t a good at coloring and…and.. (Little Molly begins to cry heavily as Grandma Lucy embraces her.)

Grandma Lucy: Oh, I’m so sorry, Little Molly. I’m sure she didn’t mean anything that she said. You two are such good friends!

Little Molly: Oh, but she did! She said that she wasn’t ever going to talk to me again.

Grandma Lucy: She may have said that, but she doesn’t realize what good friends you are. After a little while, she will start to feel guilty about treating you that way.

Little Molly: (voice clearing up as they go along) What does feeling guilty mean?

Grandma Lucy: Well, it means that Sally Anne will feel Jesus in her heart telling her that the things that she said to you were not very nice things to say. Guilt is the feeling you get when you know you’ve done something wrong, and you need to ask God for forgiveness, and then ask the person you did wrong to for forgiveness, too. Then that guilty feeling goes away.

Little Molly: So, if Sally Anne asks me for forgiveness, I should forgive her? What if I don’t want to?

Grandma Lucy: Well, there are a few verses in the Bible that tell us about that. Matthew 6:14 and 15 says, “For if you forgive others when they sin against you, then your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Little Molly: Oh.

Grandma Lucy: Matthew 18:21-22 says, “Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Little Molly: What did Jesus say?

Grandma Lucy: Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

Little Molly: Well, how much is that?

Grandma Lucy: It actually comes out to 490 times! Now Jesus does not literally mean that we are only to forgive those who sin against us seventy-seven times. He is simply trying to get across that we should forgive those who sin against us every time they do. Sometimes that can be hard to do.

Little Molly: Well, I guess that’s what I need to do.

Grandma Lucy: Well, what are you going to do, Molly?

Little Molly: I’m going to talk to her tomorrow. I guess I should forgive her. I hope she is ready to be friends again.

(They exit)

 

THE END