Community-Building: Bad company corrupts good character.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
The righteous choose their friends carefully.
Why is it important to choose our friends carefully? Because we become like our friends. Proverbs 22: 24, 25 warns, “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.” If our friends like drink, we will be tempted to drink. If our friends like to gamble, we will probably be drawn to gambling. If our friends like to go camping with their families, we will probably choose to become campers too. If our friends go to church faithfully, we will want to do the same. If our friends study the Bible and pray together, we will be attracted to doing this too. Psalm 1 describes the progression that happens when you choose the wrong companions. You move from walking, to standing, to sitting with them. This progression shows the degree of comfort you have with your companions. And once you are sitting with questionable companions, you’ve become one of them. A better choice is to “walk with the wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm” (Proverbs 13: 20).
Kids may become impatient with parents who take the time to find out who their friends are and what kind of families they come from. But it is a parent’s responsibility to know their kid’s friends and be ready to intervene if they are a bad influence on them.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Who did Spike want to be friends with?
Q. What attracted Spike to Cole?
A. All the electronic toys he had.
Q. What did Cole tell Spike he had to do in order to be his friend?
A. Sabotage Scooter’s skateboard so Cole can win the skateboard competition.
Q. Who helps Spike make the right decision about this demand?
A. Grandpa Anole
Q. Who wins the skateboard competition?
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.
1 Corinthians 15: 33 warns, “Bad company corrupts good character.” Why is that so important to God?
God’s desire for us is that we walk in his ways. God wants us to display good character to others so that they are attracted to God and his kingdom. When we do this we “let our light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven. (Matthew 5: 16).”