Bible Story: In James 3:3-10, we’re reminded that our words have power. James uses practical images like a horse bit, a ship’s rudder, and a flame to show us just how powerful our words are. We can use words to encourage and help others, or we can use our words to hurt them.
Bottom Line: God gives you the power to have self-control. Self-control can be tricky, especially when we want something really badly or when life doesn’t go our way. This can also be true with the words we use. We pray that kids will begin to see that they don’t need to do this all on their own. God can help them show self-control.
Key Question: What can happen when you lose control? Our actions have consequences, especially when we aren’t able to get a handle on our emotions. Ask your kids to think through how they respond when things don’t go the way they expect. We pray they’ll discover something about themselves and create a plan for how to rely on God’s power to help them control their words and actions.
Extra Memory Verse: “A person without self-control is like a city who’s walls are broken through.” Proverbs 25:8, NIrV
This Month’s Memory Verse
Be sure to check out this month’s memory verse! Get started now in helping your child learn the verse and have them say it for their small group leader on the weekend.
GodTime cards are available each month and are a tool to assist parents as they help their child have “God Time” each week. Here’s how: There are four different devotions on each GodTime card. Each one is designed to be done on a different day. Click HERE to see this month’s GodTime card!
A Widget is a cool, concrete, take-home item for families to use. This item is given to elementary students each month. It will aid in reminding them what is taught in DV on the weekend and assist in the retention of the Bible lessons as kids grow in Christ. Click HERE to see July’s Widget!