Source (Where I saw it): Original
Supplies: Toy Car, Play-Doh or something that can gunk it up.
The object lesson & how I used it...
Main Point: When we don’t forgive it stops you from loving!
Illustration: Show the kids the toy car and ask if any of them have ever had a toy car. Ask them what their favorite thing to do toy cars. It is so much fun to race the cars and make them go fast. Now what happens if in the wheels we gunk it up with play doh? The wheels don’t spin very well, and it has a hard time moving. Are you going to be able to win any kind of race with this car? Probably not.
Explanation: Forgiveness can be the same way. Let’s imagine for a moment that we are the car. As this car we are able to race around and share the love that God has for us with other people. Now all of a sudden when people hurt our feelings and bring pain to our life, it is like getting all that play doh jammed up in the wheels. We now have a choice. We can leave that stuff in their where it will harden and get harder and harder to remove, or we can get it out. With people we have to forgive, because if we don’t, we lose our ability to share God’s love.