Justice-Seeking: Jumping to conclusions
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to become angry.
Jumping to conclusions. We all do it. We are slow to listen, quick to speak, and quick to become angry. Here are some ways that we can change that: 1) Assume the best, not the worst about the person or situation. 2) Look for the real reason for their action, and your reaction. 3) Remember that people make mistakes. 4) Remember that you make mistakes too.
When parents are slow to anger, they model for their children positive ways to handle injustice and mistakes. This is especially true when your child has misbehaved. Are you quick to listen? Slow to speak? Slow to become angry? When we do not listen to our children, then we plant the seeds of bitterness in their spirit. Colossians 3:21 says, “Fathers, don’t make your children bitter. If you do, they will lose hope.” A child without hope is tragic. We nurture hope when we are slow to anger and when we teach our children that God himself is slow to anger. Model God’s love and patience to your children and you will instill hope in their hearts instead of bitterness.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Who autographed Liz’s prized baseball?
A. Smilin’ Tom Salamander
Q. Whom did Liz blame when he couldn’t find the baseball?
A. Lucille, Morrie, and Skink.
Q. What did he do to try to find the ball?
A. He planted microphone bugs in flowers at Big Daddy Oh’s, snuck into the Iguana hideout, and he blew up Morrie’s closet.
Q. Where did he finally find the baseball?
A. In his sock drawer.
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.
How do you think God feels toward you when you sin? Do you think he gets angry at you?
God can be disappointed with us. But the Bible tells us that God is “slow to get angry” and “full of love” (Psalm 103:8). God’s love for you is so strong that he sent his Son Jesus to pay the penalty for your sin, so that as a follower of Jesus God looks at you with love and treats you with compassion.
(See Psalm 103.)