If we don't teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to.

Because GOD IS ALWAYS RIGHT, He will help me do what is right.

Preparation: Using a stopwatch, make this exercise into a fun, family game. You can either time one child, encouraging them to complete the list of your choice as fast as possible, or time several children to see who completes the list first.

Below are some challenges for your children. You can choose any number of these lists as challenges for your children, or create your own. Regardless of how many lists you do, make sure you do the Ten Commandments list last.
  • How quickly can you name 10 animals?
  • How quickly can you name 10 movies?
  • How quickly can you name 10 Bible characters?
  • How quickly can you name 10 professional sports teams (football, basketball, or baseball, etc)?
  • How quickly can you name the 10 Commandments?

Which list took you the longest time? Which list did you complete in the fastest time?
Which of these lists is the most important for you to know well?

Read the Bible Memory Verse below.

The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works." (Psalm 145:17 )
I'm going to read something, and you tell me if it's true or false and explain why:
  • "It is always wrong to be mean to my brother or sister." (T/F)
  • "It is always right to do what feels good to me." (T/F)
  • "It is always wrong to steal." (T/F)
  • "It is always right to do what an adult tells me to do." (T/F)

How did you decide what was right or wrong?

Who do you think decides what's right and wrong behavior?

Can parents, teachers, or policeman decide the standard for righteousness?

Although all of these people should be respected and while they do have power to make rules, none of them can set the standard for righteousness.

How do we decide what is right and wrong? ( God tells us through His word, the Bible, what is right and wrong. We must also listen to what parents, teachers, and policemen tell us about right and wrong.)

God is the only one qualified to tell us what is always right and always wrong because He's the only one who IS always right! The best way to find out what is right is to read His words in the Bible. The Ten Commandments are a good place to start ( Exodus 20).

Review the 10 Commandments from the image below.

If you are ever told to do something that goes against what God says in the 10 Commandments, you can be sure that it is wrong. The only question you need to decide is: What are you going to do about it?

  • What will you do if an adult tells you to do something you know is wrong? (Ask him to talk to your parents about it, or tell him you need to talk to your parents first; walk away and find a "safe" adult. NOTE: Role-play this with your kids. Let them know that sometimes it's okay to talk to the adult about why he thinks it's wrong, and other times they need to let other adults handle it for them).
  • How will you handle it if your friends ask you to do something you know is wrong, but you really want to do it anyway? (Again, role-play this with them. Peer pressure is the biggest reason kids do things they know are wrong.)

Because God is Always Right, you can know for sure what's right and wrong as you read the Bible and pray. There's only One Person who decides.

Ask God to help you know what's right and what's wrong. Thank Him that His most important standard is love!

adapted from Discover God 4 Kids
A Sample Prayer to Conclude Your Time
Dear God,
We praise You for Your complete righteousness in every way. Your created laws are right all the time and provide for us sunlight, rain, air to breathe, a planet to sustain our life, and beauty to enjoy. Because of You, all of our physical needs can be met. We praise You for being morally right all the time, responding to us in ways that are best for us.

We thank You for teaching us in Your Word how our lives ought to be lived. Forgive us when we fail to live up to Your standards. Most importantly thank You for providing Jesus as the only way that we can be made righteous and have the promise of an eternity with You.

In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen.