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Today's Featured Article

Love At All Times (Object Lesson)
                 This lesson was originally posted in The Vault area of our website.


Scripture:  Proverbs 17:17  "A friend loves at all times." 

Proverbs 18:24b  "there is a friend that sticks closer that a brother."

Props:  two magnets  (large horseshoe shaped magnets make a great visual impact)

Have the children gather around a table to see the two magnets.  If you have a larger class, use an overhead projector to shine the shadows of the magnets on the wall for everyone to see.  Ask the children what makes a person a friend.  (Allow the children to respond.)  The Proverbs 18:24b says that "there is a friend that sticks closer that a brother."  To illustrate this, place a magnet on the table, and then bring the other magnet close to it so that it draws the first magnet to it.  The magnets are acting like friends.  When people are friends, they like to be close to each other.  Next, show the children what happens when someone is not friendly by putting a magnet on the table, then bring the other magnet close with the opposite pole facing the first magnet so it repels the magnet.  The magnets are not acting like friends now.  Sometimes the children will not want to play together or get angry with each other.  Sometimes they will act like the magnets are acting now.  

Proverbs 17:17 says, "A friend loves at all times."  Though other children may sometimes do or say things that a child does not like, that child must remember to love at all times.  God has given them those friends.  Have the magnets draw close to each other again to show that being friends means that each child must learn to love at all times.

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