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Ephesians 4:29; Proverbs 15:1; Proverbs 12:18; James 1:26; Proverbs 18:21
- Axe or hatchet
You may want to anchor the log to the floor to keep it from moving.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” Do you believe it? Well many people say that and try to act like words don’t hurt them, but in reality words do cut like a knife.
Have we ever said something that hurt someone? I think we all probably have at some point in our lives. James talks a lot about the power of the tongue and how dangerous it really is. In Psalm 34:13 it says that we should keep out tongue from saying evil things.
(Take a couple of chops into the log. Be careful that you don’t hit anyone with the chips.)
Sometimes we say things that are hurtful and then we say that we are “just kidding.” That is kind of like chopping into this log (take a couple more chops into the log) and then telling it that I was just kidding.
The damage has already been done. We need to be very careful with our words, because they cut even deeper than this axe does. The Bible tells us often to encourage others. Are our words encouraging to others?
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Ephesians 4:29; Matthew 15:18-19; Ephesians 4:29
- Cup of hot water
- Tea bag (a variety of tea bags would be better)
(Hold up the cup of hot water.)
Does anyone know what this is? (Wait for a response.) That’s right, it is a cup of water, but not just any water, this is hot water.
(Hold up the tea bag.)
Do you know what this is? (Wait for a response.) Correct, it is a tea bag. Can anyone tell me what color of tea this tea bag will make? (Wait for responses.) Those are good guesses, but there is no way for you to know until I brew it in this hot water.
(Place the tea bag in the hot water.)
When we look around at each other on Sunday at church we kind of look like this tea bag. We all dress similar. We talk the same. We act the same. But is that who we really are? No, not necessarily. Some of us might really love God and are following Him as best we can and some of us might now even care at all.
(Hold up the cup of tea.)
What am I holding now? (Allow a response.) That’s right, it is not longer hot water. Now it is tea, and we can see what color it is! What color is it?
Just like we can’t tell what color a tea will become before putting it in hot water, we cannot tell what’s in your heart until you are in hot water. In Luke 6:45 it says that a good person produces good things and a bad person produces bad things. What kind of hot water? Maybe you get in trouble. Maybe when you get hurt. Maybe when someone teases you. When we are in hot water the real “you” comes out!
We need to make sure that when we face the “hot water” of life that good things come out and not bad things.
Psalm 4:4, Proverbs 14:29, Proverbs 15:1, Ecclesiastes 7:9, Ephesians 4:26-27, Colossians 3:8
- Can of soda
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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Proverbs 12:6, Proverbs 12:18, Proverbs 15:4
Sticks and stones
May break my bones
Will never hurt me.
We have all heard this rhyme, and although it sounds kind of cute, it’s really not true at all! Words do hurt. If someone says something rude to you or lies about you, you may smile on the outside and try to look tough, but on the inside it hurts a lot! It feel like a nail has been driven straight into you.
(Take out the board and nail a nail into it).
Each time someone says something hurtful it is like driving another nail into you. (Drive another nail).
Maybe sometimes you get angry and say something mean or hurtful to someone else. Guess what that is doing? That is like driving a nail into them. (Drive another nail).
Sure, sticks and stones may break our bones, but words can certainly hurt you! (Drive another nail).
(Hold up the board with the nails in it).
The sad thing is that many people go through life with all of these nails stuck in them. They don’t go away very easily. Maybe is something a parent said, or a friend, or a teacher that still bothers you years and years later.
Only through God’s help and being willing to forgive other can these nails be taken out.
(Take out all of the nails and then hold up the board).
However, even though all of the nails are out you still see the scars and marks that those words left. We need to be be quick to forgive people of the hurtful words that they say. We also need to be careful that we are not the one using painful words on others.