Today's lesson is one that you've probably heard about before, parents and guardians often remind kids of this lesson, especially on tough days. Before we jump into the lesson though, we're going to sing some songs together.
Music Video: To God Be The Glory from DIG IN on Vimeo.
Music Video: Stand Together from DIG IN on Vimeo.
Phew! That was fun!
So we are continuing to learn about God's commands. Those are things God tells us we must do to keep safe and healthy. God's commandments are like signs on a road while we're driving, directions to keep us safe.
Do you guys remember our road? Well today we're going to be adding a new sign to it. This is what it looked like at the end of the last lesson...
Since we’re talking about showing love to our parents and guardians, let’s start by thinking.... what is it that you love most about them?
God says that we should honour and obey our them, but that can be hard to do! Sometimes we don’t see eye to eye with our parents. In our video today we are going to hear about a few different viewpoints, Let's watch!
Talk-About Video 5: Viewpoints from DIG IN on Vimeo.
Can you guys think about a time when you disagreed with what a parent or guardian asked you to do?
How did this video help you understand things from your parents’ point of view?
How would it help you to think about things from your parents’ point of view the next time you disagree?
We obey our parents. Sometimes we don’t want to, but we trust that they’re trying to do what’s best for us and help us grow into people who love and follow God. When we think about it from that point of view, it makes it a little easier to follow God’s Commandment.
We know our parents love us and want us to be healthy and safe. That’s why they tell us what to do. We show love to our parents by obeying them. Let’s practice doing what we’re told right now by playing a game! It's a variation on the game "Simon says..."
**Have kids spread out around the room. Give instructions beginning with either “Mom says” or “Dad says.” Some possible instructions are: Hop on one foot, Put your hands on your head, Clap your hands, Twirl in a circle, Touch your toes.... add more actions as you think of them and continue to play as long as kids would like.
We had some silly instructions to follow in our game. Most of the instructions our parents give us are not silly; they help us be safe and healthy. God loves us and wants us to be safe and healthy. That’s why he gave us parents and guardians. We show love to our parents by doing the things they say. When we do, we’re obeying God, too!
So we’ve been learning the Ten Commandments and the one we’re talking about today is found in Exodus 20:12. Let's read it together..
“You must honor and respect your father and your mother. Do this so that you will have a full life in the land that the Lord your God gives you."
What does it mean to honor someone?
What do you think of the promise that goes after the part about honouring and resepcting our parents?
The Bible has a lot to say about what it looks like to honor our parents or guardians. It means we show love to them. We’re going to look at four ways to show love to our parents and give advice to some kids who aren’t sure how to do it.
Let's read the letters below and the verses that go with them and think of what advice we might offer each of the authors;
My husband just died, and I decided to stick with my mother-in-law. I figured we’d be best buds! She’s kind of become a mom to me. I’ve been collecting food for us to eat, but today she gave me some really weird directions. She told me to get all dressed up, sneak up to this guy Bo while he’s sleeping, and lie at his feet. Should I really follow these instructions?
Fretting Over Feet
Read Proverbs 1:8-9 and give advice...
"Listen to your father when he corrects you, and don’t ignore what your mother teaches you. What you learn from your parents will bring you honor and respect, like a crown or a gold medal."
My dad is…well, he wants to hurt my best friend. He’s really jealous of my friend! I want to protect my best friend, but I’m also trying hard to respect my dad. How can I talk about what he’s doing without saying bad things about him?
Read Proverbs 20:20 and give advice...
"Those who would curse their father or mother are like a lamp that goes out on the darkest night."
Our dad looooves our brother Joey. He clearly favors Joey and even buys him all the best clothes. Meanwhile, we’re pretty mad about it. We came up with a plan to get rid of Joey and trick my dad into thinking he died. But we know he’ll be sad if we do it. What should we do?
Signed, Band of Brothers
Read Proverbs 23:22-25 and give advice...
"Listen to your father. Without him, you would never have been born. Respect your mother, even when she is old. Truth, wisdom, learning, and understanding are worth paying money for. They are worth far too much to ever sell. The father of a good person is very happy. A wise child brings him joy. Make both of your parents happy. Give your mother that same joy."
I’d always wanted to take over my dad’s job when I grew up. Well, now I’m grown up, but he’s going to give the job to my brother instead of me. So I decided to throw a parade for myself and basically just take the job. Sometimes you just need to fight for what you want, right? Is it okay to take the job when my dad said I couldn’t have it?
Signed, His Royal Highness
Read Ephesians 6:1 and give advice...
"Children, obey your parents the way the Lord wants, because this is the right thing to do."
What did you learn about ways to show love to your parents?
Were there any situations you related to?
How could you show love to your parents in your situation?
God’s commandments say that we show love to our parents. We can listen to their advice, say only kind things to and about them, bring them joy, and obey them. We saw what that would look like in four different situations. And you know what? Every one of those situations came from the Bible!
Fretting Over Feet was Ruth, and she did listen to her mother-in-law’s advice. As a result, she got married to the man and ultimately, many generations later, Jesus was one of her descendants!
Not-So-Jealous Jonathan stayed loyal to his friend David, but as far as we know from the Bible, he never said anything insulting about his father. He saved David’s life and honored his father. That’s amazing! ! We show love to our parents by saying only kind things about them. We show love to our parents by listening to their advice.
The Band of Brothers went through with their plan to sell Joseph into slavery. As expected, their dad was very upset. Although God used this situation for good, it was not a good way to honor their dad…or their brother! We show love to our parents by bringing them joy!
His Royal Highness was a guy named Adonijah, King David’s son. He made himself king and had a parade and a feast in his own honor. But while he was celebrating, David declared his other son, Solomon, the king. Adonijah feared for his life, but Solomon promised not to hurt him as long as Adonijah stayed loyal. Adonijah hadn’t obeyed his dad at first, but after Solomon’s promise, Adonijah didn’t make any more trouble for King Solomon. We show love to our parents by obeying them, even if it’s not what we want.
Craft / COLOURING
God gives us lots of ways to show love to our parents, but sometimes we forget. Today we can make something we can give our parents to remind us of ways we show love to them. Click on this picture to print off the craft for today.
God gave us parents and guardians to take care of us and help us. They love us very much, and we love them, too.
We can show love to them in lots of different ways. We listen, we’re kind with our words, we bring joy to our parents and we do what they say using obedient feet. Let’s ask God to help us show love to our parents in these ways.
Please help us to show our parents and guardians that we love them by being obedient to what they ask us to do, and being kind with our words. Thank you for all that they do to protect and care for us.
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