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Friction or Peace

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Key Verse

Matthew 5:9

Additional Verses

Romans 12:18; Psalm 34:14; Galatians 5:22-23

Materials Needed

  • Just your hands

Object Lesson

Everyone show me your hands. Now clap them together and hold them firmly. (Demonstrate this as you go along.) Now rub them back and forth. Faster! Faster!

(Have everyone keep rubbing their hands together until they start to heat up a lot.)

Do you feel your hands heating up? Do you know why they heat up like that? It’s because the friction between your hands. As you rub them together the friction generates heat.

This is what happens when two people are around each other. They start rubbing each other the wrong way. They start irritating each other and they get frustrated. As their frustrating and friction increases the heat builds up. Not the kind of heat that warms up your hands, but this heat comes out with anger or being a hot head.

If you are in a situation that causes friction with someone else you should try to bring peace instead of bringing anger. The Bible says in Matthew 5:9 that God blessed those that work for peace. Peace is also one of the fruits of the spirit.

Maybe you see two other people who are rubbing each other the wrong way. Being a peacemaker means that you step in and try to bring peace to the situation. Some people just sit back and don’t try to help, but God blesses you when you try to bring peace.

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Self Control

Self control Bible lesson

Key Verse

1 Peter 4:7

Additional Verses

Galatians 5:22-23; Proverbs 25:28; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Titus 1:8; Titus 2:12

Materials Needed

  • Dog leash

Object Lesson

(Take out the dog leash and show it to every one.)

Does anyone know what this is? That’s right, it is a dog leash. Do you know what it is used for? (Wait for responses.) You clip it to a dog’s collar so that way they can’t get away from you.

Have you ever walked a dog before? Most of the time they don’t just walk calmly by your side. They are running around and sniffing different things and leaving their “mark” on other things. That is why you need to use a leash. If you didn’t have a leash your dog might be running all over the place and it might get in all kinds of trouble. The leash helps you to control the dog and not let it get to far from you.

In 1 Peter 4:7 it says that God wants us to have self-control. Self-control is kind of like this leash that you would put on a dog, except it is putting a leash on yourself. Have you ever worn a leash before? When we have self-control we don’t let our self just go any do any and everything we want to. We make sure that it is something that would please God. Just like a dog would like to run wild, our sinful nature wants to run wild and do whatever it wants. But God wants us to have self-control.

It is not always easy to control ourselves when we are tempted or when we are angry but this is what God wants us to do. The more we read and study God’s word we can learn the things that please Him. So don’t just let yourself run wild! Put a leash on yourself and exercise self-control!

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Don’t Explode with Anger

Don't Explode with Anger Object Lesson

Key Verse

Ephesians 4:26

Additional Verses

Psalm 4:4, Proverbs 14:29, Proverbs 15:1, Ecclesiastes 7:9, Ephesians 4:26-27, Colossians 3:8

Materials Needed

  • Can of soda

Object Lesson

The bible tells us in Ephesians 4:26 that when we get angry we need to be very careful not to sin. Sinning is when we do something that goes against God’s rules for our life like pushing, fighting, and saying unkind things.

Have you ever been really mad at someone?

(Take out can of soda.)

When we get angry it is like shaking this can of soda up. (Shake the can hard then act like you are going to open it.)

What would happen if I opened this can? It would explode everywhere!

(Set the can down and make sure you give it at least a minute or two before picking it up again. It would be best if you test this before presenting it.)

So if you were are all angry like this can and you sin by getting in a fight or calling someone bad names it would be like opening this can and it spraying everywhere!

Sometimes what we need to do it walk away and pray and ask God to help us to calm down and not respond in sin.

(Take the can and open it. It should open normally now. Make this dramatic so the kids think it will spray everywhere.)

See all this can needed was a few moments of quite and it calmed down and it could be opened without exploding. When we are angry we open need a few moment so that we can react without sinning.

Anger, angry, sin, fight, hurtful words

 

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Bursting with Anger

Key Verse

Ephesians 4:6

Additional Verses

Psalm 4:4, Proverbs 14:29, Proverbs 15:1, Ecclesiastes 7:9, Ephesians 4:26-27, Colossians 3:8

Materials Needed

  • 2 Balloons
  • Needle

Object Lesson

Have you ever been angry before? I sure have! (Tell a personal story about when you got angry).

It is so easy for us to get angry when things don’t go just the way we want them to.  Maybe you get angry when someone says something mean to you?  The bible says in Ephesians 4:6 that it is okay to get angry, but it is not okay to sin.

(Take one of the balloons and hold it up)

This balloon is going to represent you.  You wake up in the morning and you are getting ready to go so you go to grab yourself some of your favorite cereal but then you notice that it is all gone!  (Blow up the balloon a little).  Then you get on your bike to take a bike ride and you realize that your tire is flat.  (Blow more into the balloon).  You see one of your friends but instead of greeting you he points at you and starts to laugh.  (Blow it up the rest of the way and then tie it off).

Many times instead of giving their anger to God we let it built up inside of us almost to the point where we feel like we are going to pop.  Then your mom comes and asks your to clean up your room.  (Pop the balloon with the needle).  BAM!  You get mad and start yelling and dishonoring your mother.  You were angry, but not you have exploded and started to sin.

(Take out the other balloon).

Instead of letting it all build up when something bad happened you should give it to God.  (Blow up the second balloon).  Then pray and ask God to help you to handle it better.  (Let all the air out)  Maybe something else gets you upset.  (Blow the balloon up again).  But you remember that God does not want us to sin when we are angry.  (Let the air out again).

 

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