THE CONNECTION BETWEEN MAKING WAVES AND GOD’S CHARACTER, AS SHOWN THROUGH GOD’S
MAKE WAVES: WHAT YOU DO TODAY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD AROUND YOU
We were created in God’s image. God sent Jesus to
show us the best way to be human. But God knew we’d
need help. That’s why God sent us the Holy Spirit. With
the power of the Spirit, we can produce fruit that points
others to Jesus. Every month, kids discover something
about God’s character and how they can reflect or
respond to that character because they are created
in God’s image. You could call them characters traits
or virtues, but we call them Life Apps: something that
God is doing in you to change the world around you. In
other words, we show the world what God is like when
we demonstrate these ideas. We’re helping kids and
preteens discover what the Apostle Paul called the Fruit
of the Spirit throughout June and July. When we show
the Fruit of the Spirit, we make waves and show others
who Jesus is. .
We start our month in 1 John 4:9-13. John tells us
exactly what real love looks like: God loved us enough
to send Jesus to offer His life and make us complete.
John goes on to say: Dear friends, since God loved us
this much, we should also love one another, (NIrV). Love
is at the heart of God’s plan for the world. We are close
to the heart of Jesus when we show love to others.
Bottom Line: Love others because God loves you. God
gave us the ultimate example of love when God sent
Jesus to live a perfect life and die on the cross to make
it possible for us to have a forever relationship with God.
Kids will discover how God’s love for us can motivate us
to show love to others.
Next, we head to Acts 5:17-42. When Jesus’ disciples
started sharing about His death and resurrection with
others, they faced all sorts of trouble. Thankfully, they
had Jesus’ Holy Spirit to help them find joy.
Bottom Line: Choose joy no matter what’s going on.
From not making the team to struggling in a class at
school, kids of all ages struggle with what it means to
have joy when life is hard. We pray they start to discover
what God can do in them to help them choose joy.
In week three, we jump back to 1 Samuel 25:1-35,
where we find a story about a woman named Abigail
that starts with King David. He was furious with a man
named Nabal, who mistreated his soldiers. David
decided to get revenge until the man’s wife, Abigail,
used her peacemaking skills and stopped something
that could have been horrible. Even though she was not
responsible for her husband’s offense, she realized she
could play a role in making peace.
Bottom Line: You can help others make peace. Peace
is often about helping stop an argument before it can
escalate into something worse. Acting as a peacemaker
between others will take time and energy, but God
can give us the strength to help others make peace.
Sometimes our outside perspective is what someone
might need to see a peaceful solution. We want kids
to know that with God’s help, they can make waves by
helping others make peace.
In week four, we spend time discovering more about
Proverbs 15:18. Waiting can be the worst! But
something Solomon wrote in Proverbs can help us
remember why patience is so important. A person with a
bad temper stirs up conflict. But a person who is patient
calms things down, (NIrV). When we have to wait, it’s
important not to let impatience get the best of us. We
can trust God to give us the strength to have patience
and keep our cool.
Bottom Line: Be patient with each other. We all face
moments where we’ll find it difficult to have patience.
From waiting in line to get a seat at your favorite
restaurant to sitting in construction traffic on your way to
vacation, how can you have patience when you want to
get a move on? We pray that kids will start with prayer
and ask God for help. God can give us patience in any
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