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Elementary, June 19: Using Words Wisely

Hi Journey Kids parents!

Gideon – one of Israel’s judges – was faced with an angry crowd from the tribe of Ephraim. They weren’t happy he hadn’t included them in a battle against the Midianites! Gideon was following God’s instructions and could have responded with anger and defensiveness, but instead responded with gentleness and respect. The people of Ephraim took it great! Then, years later, another judge named Jephthah angered the people of Israel – but instead of speaking kindly he spoke harshly. Guess what? Ephraim didn’t take it so great. Our words make a huge difference! Kindness is far more likely to bring about peace than hostility. That’s what we’re learning from the book of Proverbs this weekend!

When it’s time to begin, start your morning of family worship by watching the short lesson video with your kids. [You can access the videos here.] It’s a great way to engage spiritually with your family.

Here is a snapshot of the lesson details for this week:

Bible Story: The Book of Proverbs: Using Words Wisely

Big Idea: God wants us to use our words for peace.

Memory Verse: “A gentle answer turns anger away. But mean words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 (NIrV)

After the video lesson and music, you can use the attached materials to help take your family deeper into the lesson:

It can be hard to use our words wisely when emotions are running high. But God wants our words to bring about peace. How can you use your words to bring peace this week?