Community-Building: Treasuring our friends.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
A friend loves at all times.
Sometimes it is hard to maintain a friendship, especially when the people in the friendship are going through changes. And when girls (or boys) enter the picture, look out! Our kids are being sold a bill of goods by a culture that urges and even expects them to have boyfriends or girlfriends already when they are in grade school. Liz’s dad offers Liz good advice when he tells him that plenty of girls will come his way before he figures out the one he wants to marry. This is a good attitude for kids and for parents to maintain while the kids go through the ups and downs of relationships.
It’s also important to remember that good friends are to be treasured. They should be treated with love, even when they make us angry, or jealous, or they get the upper hand. (See Proverbs 10:12, 17:9; Romans 12: 15.) Always wish your friends the best, even when it’s hard. After all, a friend loves at all times.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What is the new girl’s name?
Q. Who want to take her to the school dance?
A. Liz, Morrie, and Spike.
Q. What happens as a result of their rivalry?
A. They fight and say that they are no longer friends.
Q. What Bible verse does Liz’s dad remind him of?
A. Proverbs 17: 17, “A friend loves at all times.”
Q. Who is Rusty?
A. Kacey’s date.
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.
Liz and his friends learned that their friendship was more important than their differences. Our Bible verse says that a friend loves at all times. So, what does that mean?
Think of all the things that friends can go through—rivalry over a girl, or a sport, or grades. If friends let these things get out of hand they can ruin a friendship. A friend loves at all times even when we or they are being unlovable. One of the wonderful things about God is that he loves us like that. God loves us even though we are sinners. Romans 5: 8 tells us that “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Isn’t that amazing?