Teaching the Seven “A”s of Confession

In yesterday’s post we highlighted the importance of modeling redemption in our homes, which included the necessity of admitting to and confessing sin. Peacemaker Ministries has a guide called the “Seven A’s of Confession” that can help both parents and children alike to better understand and practice biblical confession with one another. From their website:

As God opens your eyes to see how you have sinned against others, he simultaneously offers you a way to find freedom from your past wrongs. It is called confession. Many people have never experienced this freedom because they have never learned how to confess their wrongs honestly and unconditionally. Instead, they use words like these: “I’m sorry if I hurt you.” “Let’s just forget the past.” “I suppose I could have done a better job.” “I guess it’s not all your fault.” These token statements rarely trigger genuine forgiveness and reconciliation. If you really want to make peace, ask God to help you breathe grace by humbly and thoroughly admitting your wrongs. One way to do this is to use the Seven A’s.

    1. Address everyone involved (All those whom you affected)
    2. Avoid if, but, and maybe (Do not try to excuse your wrongs)
    3. Admit specifically (Both attitudes and actions)
    4. Acknowledge the hurt (Express sorrow for hurting someone)
    5. Accept the consequences (Such as making restitution)
    6. Alter your behavior (Change your attitudes and actions)
    7. Ask for forgiveness

They also have a wonderful curriculum for upper elementary-age children called The Young Peacemaker: Teaching Students to Respond to Conflict God’s Way, which further expands on themes of conflict, confession, and forgiveness. This resource can be used in both a home or a classroom setting.

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Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

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