Theme: Our words come from our heart
“Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.” (Prov. 16:32)
- Memory Verse: Review Proverbs 15:11
- Bible: Read James 3:9-12
- Mixed Up: Discuss James’ analogies with your children. Then produce a cup of plain water and another cup of salt water. Have your children taste them with their fingers. How do they think the water will taste if you mix both cups together? Do it and taste the water again. Yech! Just like salty water can’t produce plain water, neither can an angry heart produce kind words.For further “mix-ups”, provide several bowls of colored water. Let your children mix different color combinations and discuss the result. Mouse Paint is a fun read-along for this subject!
- What Words? Think through together some of the friction points that regularly occur in your family. What would be the kind response? What would be the angry response? Help your child develop some strategies to deal with frustrating siblings, friends or parental decisions. And don’t just limit the lesson’s application to your child. Our children are VERY aware of the unkind, harsh words we say to them. Apologize, if need be, and tell them of how you plan to keep your tongue “tamed”.