Lesson 7: Perfect Harmony
When children hear the words of Jesus, “Love one another,” they immedi- ately think that means to love those who show love to them. That is not what Jesus was teaching. We can’t just show love to each other when things are going exactly the way we want them to. We must show love to each other NO MATTER WHAT! Jesus said that the world will know we are His disciples by our LOVE for one another. In this lesson, the children will learn that we must show love to everyone—including those who hurt us, talk bad about us, and hate us. Love is what keeps the body of Christ together in perfect harmony.
Chuck: (comes out angrily) OK! THAAAAAT DOES IT!
Leader: Everybody, it’s our buddy Chuck Foo! Chuck, are you ok?
Chuck: Does pizza and chocolate syrup go together?
Chuck: Of COURSE it doesn’t! So NO! I am most certainly NOT okay! I’ve had enough of that stinky, slobbering, furry little monster!
Leader: What’d your dog do?
Chuck: WHAT dog? I’m talkin’ about my LITTLE SISTER! I’ve had it up to HERE with her shenanigans!
Leader: Chuck she’s just a little kid! She’s just going through a phase, I’m sure! Like the Terrible Twos!
Chuck: Ohhhh no! First I thought it was the Terrible Twos, then the Terrifying Threes, then the Frightening Fours, and then the Furious Fives! At the rate she’s going she’s gonna reach the SLAP-IN-THE-FACE-SIXES!!
Leader: Chuck calm down. What did she do that’s gotten you so upset?
Chuck: She’s just insane! She breaks stuff then blames it on me! She puts FROGS in my lunchbox! She spills apple juice all over my homework! And her favorite game is MONKEYBRAIN!
Leader: How do you play “monkey brain?”
Chuck: She jumps on my back, yanks on my hair and starts yelling, “MONKEY BRAIN, MONKEY BRAIN, Chuck’S GOT A MONKEY BRAAAAAAAAAAIN!” I can’t take it anymore! I HATE MY LITTLE SISTER!
Leader:(gasps) Chuck! You shouldn’t say that word about your sister!
Chuck: Which one?
Leader: The “H” word!
Leader:NO!!! “HATE!” The Bible says that we aren’t supposed to HATE anybody! We’re supposed to LOVE people!
Chuck: UGGGHHH! You mean like with hearts and teddy bears and that little dude in the diaper that shoots arrows at people? Don’t make me puke!
Leader: You’re thinking about Valentine’s Day. I’m talking about the love of GOD! The kind of love that can look past people’s mistakes and see them as God sees them, as HIS CHILDREN! Jesus died for ALL sinners because he loved ALL sinners! If we’re going to DRESS UP like Jesus, we have to start LOVING people like He did!
Chuck: But…but…it’s so hard to love her sometimes!
Leader: I know, but the people that are hard to love are the ones that need it the most! You’re her big brother! God put you two together for a reason! Think about all of the things you could teach her!
Chuck: Hey, you’re right…she could be…MY SIDEKICK! Chuck FOO AND…um…Little Foo! No… how about…Short Stack! No..I GOT IT! TINY CRAZY CHICK OF FURY! I like it! Wait..no..I LOVE IT! I’ll see you later boys and girls! MY NAME’S Chuck FOO!!! KICK IT!
Prior to the service (or prior to the start of the game) have a helper hide all twenty hearts in unseen places around the room
Choose one boy and one girl to play in this game. When you say, “GO!”, both try to run around the room and find as many of the hidden hearts as possible. They have sixty seconds to find as many as they can. Whoever has the most hearts at the end of the sixty seconds wins.
Just like this game, there are a lot of people in the world looking for love. We must make sure that we DRESS UP IN LOVE and show love to everyone we meet.
We have been talking about what it means to “clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.” We learned that the spiritual “clothing” we put on must help other people see Jesus in our lives. It’s a decision we have to make every day—to “put on Jesus.”
We have been studying in the book of Colossians, chapter 3 where the Apostle Paul is teaching what it means to be clothed in Jesus Christ. See if you remember all of the things we have learned so far that we are supposed to “dress up” in. (allow kids to answer as many of these as they can: kindness, mercy, humility, patience, gentleness, forgiveness)
Today, we are going to learn about the last thing that Paul teaches us to “Dress Up” in: LOVE! Our Power Verse says, “Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony.” - Colossians 3:14 In order for us to truly understand this Power Verse, we have to first understand what the word “harmony” means.
Bring your three singers up on stage; have them demonstrate how even though each of them is singing a different note, when all blended together it makes a beautiful chord.
Boys and girls, we are all different. Some of us are tall, some of us are short. Some of us are good at Math, some of us aren’t. Some of us are good at sports, some of us aren’t.
We may be different, but when we work together in love—we can create perfect harmony! I don’t just mean we can all sing together. I mean, when we all DRESS UP in LOVE, we can accomplish great things for God. And—it is beautiful music to God’s ears when His children DRESS UP in love.
Allow your singers to exit
It is very important that you DRESS UP in LOVE. Why? Because…
You can’t say that you love God, but then refuse to DRESS UP in love. The Bible teaches us in 1 John 4:20, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not loves his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.”
WOW! That means that if we don’t DRESS UP in love and show it to others, we don’t really love God! We can say we love God all we want, but if we don’t DRESS UP in love, Jesus says we are a liar! That’s tough, isn’t it?
Why is it so important that we DRESS UP in love? Because...
It’s the key ingredient for Christians. It’s what shows the world we belong to Jesus. Jesus said in John 13:35, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” When we DRESS UP in love, it shows the world that we really are a Christian.
It’s the key ingredient for Christians. Let me explain it a little better.
Hold up the chocolate chip cookie
This is a chocolate chip cookie. Tell me, what is the key ingredient in this cookie that actually lets you know that it is a chocolate chip cookie? (allow the children to respond) Exactly! The key ingredient is the chocolate chip. If this cookie didn’t have chocolate chips in it, it might be a cookie, but it wouldn’t be a chocolate chip cookie.
Hold up the piece of coconut cake
This is a piece of coconut cake. Tell me, what is the key ingredient in this piece of cake that actually lets you know that it is a piece of coconut cake? (allow the children to respond) Exactly! The key ingredient is the coconut. If this piece of cake didn’t have coconut in it, it might be a piece of cake, but it wouldn’t be a piece of coconut cake. Let’s try one more.
Hold up the cup of cinnamon tea
This is a cup of cinnamon tea. Tell me, what is the key ingredient in this cup of tea that actually lets you know that it is a cup of cinnamon tea? (allow the children to respond) Exactly! The key ingredient is the cinnamon. If this cup of tea didn’t have cinnamon in it, it might be a cup of tea, but it wouldn’t be a cup of cinnamon tea.
It is the same with our lives. If we want the world to be able to look at us and know that we are Christians, we must have the key ingredient—LOVE. Jesus said that DRESSing UP in love is the key ingredient for others to know that we are His disciples.
It doesn’t matter what anyone else does to you. It doesn’t matter how much they hurt you. It doesn’t matter how much they hate you. You must DRESS UP in love and show them that you love them. That’s what Jesus did. When people lied about Him, punched Him, even nailed Him to a cross, He continued to love them. You and I must do the same. We must DRESS UP in love every single day.
(play soft music) Pray with the children to be able to show God’s love to others no matter what. Pray that God will help them to love others every single day so that people will know they belong to Jesus.
What was today’s Big Idea? Answer: “L-O-V-E! Keeps Us Together in Harmony!”
Who was Chuck Foo angry at? Answer: his little sister
What did Darrah Davenport propose to Geaurbaux in today’s video? Answer: she proposed to combine companies
Did Geaurbaux know how to pronounce Frank’s name all along? Answer: Yes
According to our lesson today, what is the most important “article of clothing” we should clothe ourselves in? Answer: love
According to our lesson today, “If You Love God, Then You’ll Love _______ .” Answer: Others
According to our lesson today, “Our Love For Others Shows The World We Belong To ___________.” Answer: Jesus
If someone hurts us, is it OK to NOT love them? Answer: No
What did Jesus do to the people who nailed Him to the cross? Answer: continued to love them
Where was our Power Verse found? Answer: Colossians 3:14