Justice-Seeking: Speaking Truthfully.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon is someone who lies to a friend and then says, “I was only joking.”
When humor is used to excuse behaviour that others find offensive and inappropriate, children or adults have used "Just Joking" as a justification. This is often a hurtful relationship defense modeled by adults and used by children. This response seldom soothes the sting; the original words still hurt. Of course, hurting others for one's own amusement doesn’t look good either and won’t make any friends. “Just kidding” and “I was only joking” is emotional abuse.
Bullies get away with all kinds of verbal abuse as long as they say they were "just joking". Friends do joke with each other, but bullies will say something seriously, get a strong reaction and then have to backpedal saying that it was only a joke. They use the comment to hide behind. If a person is hurt or fights back, the bully then attacks saying that the offended person “can’t take a joke.”
Many kids don't think it's bullying unless it's physical. However, this is changing because of the rise of cyber-bullying reminding us that “just joking” is not a real excuse.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What kind of shoes does Liz and boys want?
A. They want leapers.
Q. How much do the boys want to charge for raking a yard?
A. They want to charge ten dollars.
Q. What kind of brownies did the boys make?
A. They made flightless fruit fly brownies.
Q. From what store did the boys say that they would steal the shoes?
A. They would steal the shoes from to Joe’s Sports Shed.
Q. What did Grandpa say the word “stumble” meant?
A. “Stumble” also means “to trip someone up so that you make him do something wrong.”
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 can cheating someone and say, “I was only fooling!” be crazier shooting sharp and flaming arrows?
Shooting sharp and flaming arrows can destroy property and hurt or kill people. Cheating someone and saying “Just kidding” makes someone think that they can get away with hurting someone and not be punished for it. It’s emotional abuse that can scar someone inside and hurt them for life.