What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?
Sixth, that we do not hurt or hate our neighbor. Seventh, that we live purely and faithfully. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to some else.
“For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandments, are summed up in this word: ‘ You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Romans 13:9
Outline for lesson
- Open in Prayer: Help us live a life that is centered on You. Help us to show love to others in our family and community.
- Review Activity: Supplies: index cards, a pen, and a treat. Write numbers 1 – 10 on an index card. Turn them over and have one person say the question of that lesson and another say the answer. If they do well, offer them a treat.
- Intro: Read the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5) After reading say,” We can break God’s law in our hearts, even if no one else knows. Ask, “Have you ever said that you hate someone?” Have you ever thought mean thoughts about someone else? Jesus taught that hating others is like killing them in our hearts. When we imagine doing something to hurt someone, we are sinning, even if we never act on our thoughts.
Demonstration: Draw a large heart on a piece of paper, Fold it in half. Say, “No one can see what is inside your heart except for God. Think about a time you have had a mean thought about someone. Let’s ask for forgiveness and thank God for forgiving ours sins that only He knows about.
- Read: Romans 13:8-10. Explain that the book of Romans was written by Paul as a letter to Christian in Rome. Paul is explaining how we should live as Christians. We should live in a way that glorifies Christ (referring to the 6th, 7th and 8th commandments). God wants us to keep these commandments: do not harm or hate others, love the family God has given you, and you must not take what is not yours. Reread verse 9. Ask, “What do you think the verse means?” What are some ways you can show love to others? Draw a picture showing how you can love others.
- Remind: children that God wants us to live in a way that glorifies Him. We can always go to Him in prayer when we fail, and God will forgive us.
- Recite: Question, answer and verse.
Help children learn the commandments are all about loving God and loving others. Obeying God’s commands involves loving him and loving others.