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July 25, 2021

Parents, just follow the instructions and have a great time with your kids worshipping God and learning from His Word together!

Lesson: Patience

First watch this lesson video:

After the video

Explore together

Here are some activities to help you talk about the lesson with your family.

Give everyone a little quiz! Have your kids choose the right words to fill in the blanks in order to come up with a good definition of “patience.”

  1. Patience is being able to _________

  • a. sleep when something takes a long time.
  • b. wait when something takes a long time.
  • c. scream when something takes a long time.        ANSWER: b. wait

2. Patience is having strength to keep going even when things are ___________.

  • a. smelly
  • b. easy
  • c. difficult       ANSWER: c. difficult

3. Patience is being _________

  • a. slow to get angry.
  • b. quick to get angry.
  • c. always ready to get angry.        ANSWER: a. slow

See how well your kids understood the Parable from Matthew 18:21-34. Discuss the following questions:

  • – How is God like the king in the parable? (The king was patient and forgave the man his big debt. He gave him a clean start. In the same way, God is patient with us and forgives us of our sin when we ask.)
  • – Why is it hard to be patient with each other sometimes?
  • – Why is it important to God that we be patient and forgive each other?

Memory verse craft idea: To remember that God has a “long fuse” and is very patient, create “dynamite” sticks with the memory verse written on them. You’ll need:

  • – String or yarn
  • – Construction paper (or any kind of paper)
  • – Markers
  • – Tape

1. Have everyone write the memory verse across the top part of the paper.

The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

– Psalm 103:8

2. Roll up the paper and tape it closed. (Make sure the Bible verse is still visible.)

3. Tape the string inside the stick.

4. Recite the memory verse together when you are done.

Seek God together

As a family, discuss your patience levels. How long are your fuses? Talk about the things in your lives that God is working on.

Then build a prayer together using the P.R.A.Y. method. Assign the following parts to family members to pray aloud. Encourage them to add their own words if they feel like it.

P   –   (PRAISE)

Heavenly Father, we thank you so much for how patient you are with us. You love us more than we could ever understand, and you forgive us more times than we could ever count. You never give up on us. We love you so much, God!

R   –   (REPENT)

Lord, we confess that we are often very impatient. We forget how patient You are with us and we get upset with each other so easily. Please forgive us, Lord. 

A   –   (ASK)

Oh Holy Spirit, please grow the fruit of patience in us. Please help us every day to remember your great love, patience and forgiveness. Help us to love and forgive each other and to remember that you are working on all of us.

Y   –   (YIELD)

God, you have been so patient with us. We know that you want us to grow in patience like You. You are not finished with any of us yet. Please help us let You work in our lives the way You want to. We trust in your unfailing love. Amen

Celebrate together

Singing is a way of putting our prayers to music. Praise God together for His never-ending, patient love.

Sing this fun song to learn all the fruit of the Spirit!
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