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A faithful mouth

A faithful mouth

Role play several scenarios underscoring that we are faithful when we keep innocent secrets, forgive hurts, keep our word and refuse to repeat gossip.

Read Proverbs 11:13, Proverbs 16:28 and Proverbs 17:17. Explain that people who are loyal and stay true to their word are considered faithful friends. Examples of faithfulness within friendship include keeping secrets, refusing to repeat unkind things others have said, being forgiving even if your feelings are hurt, and doing what you say you will do.

After your discussion, have your children role-play situations to practice faithfulness with friends or using stuffed animals and dolls. As you play with your children, use the questions below to further illustrate the importance of being a trustworthy confidante and loyal friend.

Questions for discussion
  • Would you like it if you told me a secret and I told someone else?
  • Do you consider yourself a faithful friend?
  • If your friend asked you to keep a secret, would you?
  • If your friend hurt your feelings and then asked you to forgive him/her could you?
  • When people say unkind things about other people and others spread this information around, it is called gossip. What would you do if someone said something unkind about your friend?
  • How can we be faithful friends?
Relevant Scripture

Proverbs 11:13 “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.”

Proverbs 16:28 “A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.”

Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times…”