Repentance – the soap of life

Object Lesson

Show your hands and offer to shake hands with anyone. Show the bar of soap and ask: Why is repentance called the soap of life? Let me demonstrate. First, wash your hands in the water only. Show your hands and ask: How does this represent how repentance is often used? Next wash your hands again using just a little hand soap. Show your hands again and ask: Why aren’t they clean, I used soap? Last, wash again using lots of soap, both hand and dish detergent, along with the scrub brush. Now show your hands and ask: What was required to get my hands clean of the filth? How is this like repentance? Repentance is a beautiful cleansing process which takes a lot of hard work and the proper steps. Variation: display the soap and discuss Presentation: Soap is a practical household necessity. Soap is cleansing. For physical cleanliness, soap must be applied frequently. Lesson Application: Repentance is a practical principle of the gospel. Repentance is cleansing. Spiritual cleanliness requires constant repentance. Source: http://www.eprimary.dk/ – (visit the Primary Object lessons section)