Community-Building: The golden rule.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7: 12 has become known as the Golden Rule. The fact that it is referred to as golden shows the value of this rule for life in the Kingdom. Philippians 2: 1-4 helps us to understand. Here Paul writes about how the Philippians received love, tenderness, compassion, and fellowship with the Spirit when they became united with Christ and he urges them to treat others in the same way. He says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” When we put Paul’s exhortation in these verses into practice, we are treating them the same way we want to be treated. Another verse to consider is Ephesians 4: 32 – Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” God is kind and compassionate and forgiving with us, and we are to extend these same things to others.
This can be especially difficult when we are the boss. The temptation is to treat others as we have been treated by people in charge instead of how we want to be treated. Unfortunately this can happen to parents too. They find themselves falling into patterns of behavior that mimic how their parents treated them. And sometimes those behaviors are not healthy. Because we learned this when we were young, it’s hard to overcome. We have to intentionally choose to do things God’s way, not the way that comes naturally to us.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What does Liz complain about?
A. His teacher.
Q. What does Miss Wattle decide to do to teach Liz a lesson?
A. She makes Liz a teacher for a day.
Q. How does Granny acts when they help her with some yard work?
A. She is mean and bossy.
Q. What does Liz learn from being the teacher?
A. That it is his behavior that’s the problem, not his teacher.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
God tells us to love others. What can we learn from this story that helps us know how to do this?
The Bible tells us that we should love others as we love ourselves (Matt 22:37-39). That means treating others as we ourselves would like to be treated. Think of situations where we care about how we are treated—when we make a mistake, when we are hurting, when we are discouraged. How do we like to be treated? Do we want our mistakes laughed at or forgiven? Do we want our hurts dismissed or met with empathy? Do we need to be told we are not worthy or do we need to be reminded that we can do it? To encourage actually means to put courage into. Can you put courage into someone today?