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"I won't be your friend"

"I won't be your friend"

Learn to be loyal by practicing “blessing” others, even when they have mistreated you.

Discussion point: God is a faithful friend who never deserts us.

For children who are dealing with an “I don’t want to be your friend” scenario, read Psalm 18:25. Emphasize that when we are faithful to God, He is faithful to us. He is a friend who will never leave us. Explain to your children that people will end up being unfaithful sometimes, but God will never let us down.

Encourage your children to focus on being a faithful friend, instead of worrying about who is or who isn't their friend. Remind them that in order to have faithful friends, they need to be a faithful friend. Have your children act out scenarios that would likely occur on a day-to-day basis in their lives. Have your children practice being faithful friends who never say the words, “I don’t want to be your friend.”

When we are mistreated, we do not feel like being loyal in return. When one of your children is angry with a friend or sibling because he/she feels hurt by something they have said or done, have your child practice blessing the one who has hurt him/her (Luke 6:28). Have them pray for the person who has been unfaithful to them.

Relevant Scripture

Psalm 18:25 “To the faithful You show Yourself faithful, to the blameless You show Yourself blameless.”

Luke 6:28 “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”