What’s Eating Grandpa Anole? (Part 2)

THEME

Image- Reflecting: Our actions are one way we can show God to the world.

MEMORY VERSE

Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Colossians 3:12

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

NOTES

There is usually a reason that a person is unhappy and mean. There is something in their past, or their present that is making them unhappy, and they take it out on the people around them. That's what happened with Johnny. He lost his pet bird and it made him an angry boy and a bitter man. He was angry with God and this caused him to be angry and impatient with other people too.

Our natural first response when bad things happen is often bitterness and anger. But it doesn't have to be that way. We can train ourselves in the Spirit so that our first response is trust in God's goodness, which enables God's character to shine through us. Then the clothes of God-the clothes of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience-will fit us nicely.

In Jesus we are dearly loved by God. That knowledge needs to penetrate us to our very bones. When it does, we are able to show others the love of God and it will be so attractive that they cannot help but be drawn to Jesus. Liz and his friends bought a new songbird for Johnny as a gesture of love. Hopefully, this loving act will result in giving Johnny a new song in his heart, the song of a child dearly loved by his Father in Heaven.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What is Grandpa Anole’s first name?
A. Jimmy.

Q. What pet did Jimmy and Johnny have when they were boys?
A. A yellow songbird.

Q. What happened to the bird?
A. The bird flew outside and was killed by an animal.

Q. Who did Johnny blame for the bird’s death?
A. God.

GOOD QUESTION

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.

Q.
What does God do when we are angry and mean? Why?
A.
While God is disappointed when we act that way, he loves us anyway. Because God is love-love is an essential expression of his character. And God loves us so that we can show his love to others. (See 1 John 3, 4:7-21; John 13: 34-35.)

SO WHAT?

Is there someone you know who needs God's love today? What can you do to show them that God loves them?
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