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Matching words and actions

Matching words and actions

Play a simple game matching pairs of squares, triangles and circles.

Discussion point: We need to show love by our actions; loving words should match loving actions.

Use this matching lesson to explain the truth of 1 John 3:16-18.

First, cut out some cardboard shapes, making matching pairs of squares, triangles and circles. Have your children identify which items match and which ones don’t.

After you have had fun playing “the matching game,” explain that our words should match our actions. Give examples that your children will understand. For example, hold up a triangle and say, “I love you.” Hold up another triangle and say, “You can share my doll,” while you place the triangles on top of each other to show that they match.

Next, use an example where words do not match what we do. Hold up a circle and say, “You are my friend.” Then hold up a square beside the circle and say, “I will not share my cookies with you.”

Following this discussion, speak a blessing to your children when their words and actions match. Conversely, you can remind them of the shapes when their words and actions are not congruent.

Relevant Scripture

1 John 3:16-18 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”