Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
Ask students, Does anyone remember why God gives us rules? God gives us rules because He loves us. The rules He gives us are meant to protect us and others.
How many of you are allowed to go kill someone if you wanted to?
How many of you are allowed to hit someone else?
You mean no one is allowed to hit or kill or another person? Why not?
(Have a student read Exodus 20:13.)
What does God tell us not to do in this commandment? God tells us not to murder.
Why doesn’t God want us to murder?
Who made people? God made people.
Does God love people? Yes.
If we kill someone that God made and someone that God loves, how will God feel about that? He will be sad that person died and He will be mad at us for killing them.
Okay. So we’re not allowed to kill people, but we can at least hit them, can’t we? No. God doesn’t want us to kill or to even hurt anyone in any way. We are not allowed to hit.
Game: What Should I Do?:Tell students that you’re going to play a review game with them. You’ll tell them a short story and they’ll have to decide what the character in the story should do.
Story 1: Chad’s brother, James, has been bothering him all day. He just won’t leave Chad alone. Chad has tried to nicely ask James to go away, but that didn’t work. Chad told his mom about it and his mom made James leave him alone for a little bit, but when mom isn’t looking, James just starts bothering Chad again. Chad is getting really angry and he thinks that maybe if he hits James, that’ll make James go away. What do you think? Should Chad hit James to make him go away? (No. God doesn’t want us to hit or hurt anyone, even if they’re really bothering us. We have to keep our tempers under control and solve the problem a different way.)
Story 2: Katie and Lisa got into an argument at recess. Katie thought High School Musical 2 was the best, but Lisa liked High School Musical 3 better. They started to really argue about it and then Lisa suddenly smacked Katie on the arm. It hurt and Katie really wants to smack Lisa back. What should she do? Should Katie hit Lisa back? (No. God doesn’t want us to hit or hurt anyone, even if they hit us or hurt us first. God wants us to forgive and love other people, not hurt them.)
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