One of the [tag]childrens Bible studies[/tag] lessons to teach from the story of [tag]Samson and Delilah[/tag] are the signs of good qualities to look for in friends.
Bible Studies Series: “Good Friend Qualities”
(Teacher words in bold.)
If a kid tells the teacher when somebody copies in school, that person is honest. Honest people make great friends. Pass out another index card that says GOOD FRIENDS ARE HONEST. Let the child read the card then hold it up.
If you ask someone about sad news you heard of a third friend and he says, “Sorry, I do know about that but I promised not to tell,” that friend can keep his word. Then, when you tell him a secret, you know he won’t tell. Pass out another index card that says GOOD FRIENDS ARE TRUSTWORTHY. Let the child read the card then hold it up.
If kids in school ever tease you and one child stands up for you or pulls you away, that child is showing that he’s loyal to you. Pass out another index card that says GOOD FRIENDS ARE LOYAL. Let the child read the card then hold it up.
Let’s say kids in school start gawking over clothes, noticing who wears designer labels, who has the best sneakers, jackets, etc. If one kid blurts out honestly, “My family just can’t afford that stuff,” that person is honest and humble. Pass out another index card that says GOOD FRIENDS ARE HUMBLE. Let the child read the card then hold it up.
Here’s the last one, and this is hard to find. If you go to someone’s house and she has something important to her about Jesus hanging in her bedroom – something she made in [tag]Sunday School[/tag] or a poster of a Bible story”¦ask her why it’s there. Did she put it there herself ? Without being forced by parents?
It is often hard for even the best kids to say to another kid that they love Jesus. Jesus is invisible. He’s not the loud voice when we’re involved in games. He doesn’t show up visibly in school to solve all the problems. To many kids, he isn’t real at all. If you can find a friend who is old enough in his heart to know already he loves Jesus, that is the best quality you can find in a friend. Pass out the last index card that says GOOD FRIENDS LOVE JESUS. Let the child read the card then hold it up.
Let’s make ourselves a promise, right here and now. We are going to think about these qualities this week. Good friends are hard to find. It takes time and work. But we don’t want to be like Samson and pick people who sap all our own strength. So we will be mindful when we are looking for friends this week, and today’s Bible studies activities will help us remember them well.
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