Theme: Words are important!
“From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.” (Prov. 12:14)
- Memory Verse: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.“
We are going to memorize Prov. 15:1 with actions! Here’s how it’ll go: “A gentle answer (rub one hand over the other as though we’re petting a cat) turns away wrath (turn in a circle), but a harsh word (bang fist into palm of other hand) stirs up anger (stick arms straight out; move them in large circles).”
- Sailin’, Sailin’: James gives some great word pictures to help us understand the power of our tongue. We’ll be reading in James over the next several lessons and focusing on different lessons. Today, read James 3:3-12. Talk together about James’ comparisons, focusing on the ship & rudder analogy.Our words direct our lives! Make some sailboats together. Then fill a tub or a rubbermaid container with water and blow the boats around. Tape a piece of paper to one end of the water container. Award your child a point every time they run their boat into that piece of paper. Emphasize how their words can bring them reward or failure. Read them Proverbs 12:14 as they play.
- Pray: Ask God to help you each tame your tongues today!