Grove Kids -February 6, 2022

On My Block

Care For The People In Your Neighborhood

This Month’s Memory Verse:

“The Lord has shown you what is good. He has told you what he requires of you. You must act with justice. You must love to show mercy. And you must be humble as you live in the sight of your God.”

Micah 6:8, NIrV

Reasons Why

Jesus’ Mission Statement | Luke 4:14-24, 28-30

We start with a crucial moment from Jesus’ life, found in Luke 4:14-24, 28-30. After Jesus returned from being tempted in the wilderness, He started teaching in the Synagogue. Soon Jesus traveled to Nazareth, where He grew up. Jesus went to the Synagogue, stood in front of the crowd, and read an important passage from Isaiah about the promised Messiah. Jesus says that He is the One sent to fulfill those things written in Isaiah: bringing freedom, healing, and hope to ALL people. Jesus let everyone know His purpose in life.

I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Bottom Line

Following Jesus means caring about others.

Jesus showed us genuine compassion. Jesus knew God’s purpose for His life, and every interaction He had with others demonstrated that. As kids learn what it means to believe in Jesus and follow Him with their life, we pray that they will catch His purpose and decide to make a difference in the world by sharing God’s compassionate love with others.

Message to Parents

Teaching Values Takes Time. When I read the title of this article, I instantly thought to myself, “sheesh, I don’t even know if I have time to read this”. Let me tell you now, it’s brief but good. A little cutting when I read, “All the teaching in the world can be undone if your children watch you behave in ways that contradict what you’ve said.”  With conviction, we read articles like this. With the grace of God, we make changes like this: Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. Provers 10:9 

Teaching Values Takes Time

Now for your Kids...

Grab your Bible, read 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 with your children. It’s great if you can open your bible with them. But if it’s helpful, then here you go: 

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we receive from God.”  

Remember, you can’t show compassion without caring about others. Why should we care for others? Because God cares for us!  

Let’s put it in Action: 

  • Grab two disposable cups from the kitchen for each family member.  
  • Write your name on one of the cups and set it down. 
  • Set a timer for one minute. As the timer runs down, cover the second cup with the names of people you know: family members, friends, kids at school, in your neighborhood, on your sports teams, etc. Try to cover the cup with as many names as you can before the timer runs out.  
  • Fill the cup with your name almost to the brim with water. This cup represents all the love and cares God has for you.  
  • Carefully pour the water from that cup into the second cup with your name on it.  
  • Read aloud today’s verse a second time as a prayer. Thank God for caring for you so you can care for others. 

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