Lesson Title: Words
Bible Reference: Proverbs 12:18-22
Target Age Group: Elementary to Middle School
Learning Context: Sunday School
Target Time Frame: 45 minutes
Memory Verse: “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18
1. Use your words to build others up, not tear them down.
Basic Supply List:
2. Chalk/Chalk board
3. Construction Paper
Optional Learning Activities:
1. Show the “Speak Life” video from TobyMac. Discuss the examples from the video of words helping or hurting others.
2. Play the “Encouragement Game”
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If you are arguing with someone, you may say something that will hurt the other person’s feelings. What could you do in this situation to help to make sure that you don’t say something that you will regret later? Possible answer: You could walk away and talk to them later when you have calmed down.
Read verse 12:19. Say, What is this verse telling us about the difference between lies and truth? The truth will never change so we should build our lives on truth. If we build our lives on lies then we run the risk of having to create more and more lies so that we can keep up with our lies. Eventually, we won’t be able to keep up with our lies and we will have to give in and tell the truth. Do not be like this, just tell the truth in the first place.
Read verses 12:20-21. Say, If we speak badly to those around us then we have deceit in our hearts. Perhaps we are speaking with the intent of hurting the other person. As Christians, we are called to love one another. To do this we must always stop and think before we speak. Spend time learning scriptures so that it will always be on your mind and when you are tempted to say something mean you will speak truth instead. Only trouble comes to liars. Speak the truth and you will be blessed.
Read verse 12:22. Say, The last reason that we should speak truth is to please the Lord. In Exodus 20:16, God gives the commandment not to lie. We have to follow this commandment. If we want to make God happy, then we should follow his commands.
Autographs: Give each child a piece of construction paper and instruct them to write their name in the middle of the piece of paper in marker. Then have the children pass the papers around the room. The children will write something positive (a compliment or encouraging word) on their classmates papers. When everyone has finished writing on the papers, you can either display them in the classroom or allow the kids to take them home. Remind the kids that positive words such as the ones listed...