February 4, 2024
Story Focus: We start this month in the book of Matthew as we look at three moments of kindness from Jesus’ life. Whether Jesus was healing the sick, blessing little children, or sharing meals with people who others seemed to disregard, He was full of love and kindness. With the way He treated others, Jesus made sure that everyone knew they were valuable in God’s eyes.
Bottom Line: Jesus showed us how to be kind. As we consider how we can show kindness to others, the best place to start is with Jesus. When we read about how Jesus was kind to others, we can learn how to reflect God’s love with the way we treat others and show them they are valuable. Through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, God was so incredibly kind to us. In response, we can choose to be kind to the people we meet each day.
Key Question: What does kindness look like? In some ways, kindness can feel subjective. What one person sees as an act of kindness; another might see as an obligation. That’s why we start our preteens with a conversation about kindness. When you can identify what kindness can look like, you start to see all the ways you can show God’s kindness to others.
Memory Verse: “You are God's chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes. Colossians 3:12, NIR
Kindness: Showing others, they are valuable by how you treat them.