I have had so many parents talk to me about what a great lessons series we are in this month, we’ve really stuck a chord with self -control; maybe it’s because they are good lessons for adults as well? I know I’ve used my “pause button” from Week 1 this month! If you’ve missed any of the lessons or want to learn more, call or email me!
Throughout the Bible, God talks about a lot about self-control. As a fruit of the Spirit, self-control is a response to the changes that He is making in our lives. On our own, we are helpless to control anything, but with God’s power we have an advantage. We have the power of the Holy Spirit living within us and are able to do what we should do even when it’s not what we want to do.
The book of Proverbs includes several verses where God gives us wisdom to practice for those moments when we’d rather do anything but show self-control. Proverbs are not merely wise sayings. Rather, they are part of God’s story where He leans into the world that He created and whispers to us: “Here’s how you should live.” Over the next few weeks, we’ll look at self-control through God’s lens and explore four truths that Solomon captured in the book of proverbs.
As we learn to reflect the character of God and respond to His love for us, self-control is crucial. After all, how we live speaks volumes to our friends, family, and even strangers we meet every day. Our ability to show self-control in the heat of a moment could make or break someone’s view of God.
Let’s all learn together this month to pause, select the right words and actions, and most importantly tap into God’s power to show some self-control.
Our memory verse for the month is Proverbs 25:28: “A person without self-control is like a city whose walls are broken through.” This verse can serve as a great reminder for kids (or adults) in those moments when they don’t want to show self-control.
For our elementary age kids:
In week four, we’ll see what God says in Proverbs 25:16 – “If you find honey, eat just enough. If you eat too much of it, you will throw up.” You can have too much of a good thing. Here we are given a clear picture of what could happen if we don’t know when to stop.
Bottom Line: Know when to stop. When we are able to show self-control and stop what we’re doing, we might end up with too much of something. And having too much can cause us harm.
Our memory verse reminds us that when we ignore self-control, we leave ourselves open to responding in ways that could end up hurting us.
For our preschoolers:
Each week this month, we will tell a story about something ONLY JESUS can do.
In week three, we’ll tell the story of Jesus walking on water. How awesome must that have been? And then, they’ll hear the story of Jesus calming the storm with just a word. Finally, we’ll share how Jesus turned water into a super fancy party drink at a wedding.
By telling these stories, we are sharing with our youngest friends the awesome power of Jesus and that He can do anything. In fact, there are many things only Jesus can do.
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