Friday, June 27, 2014

Sunday School Lesson on the Beatitudes - Blessed are the Pure in Heart

Use this Sunday School lesson on the Beatitudes to teach kids to have only love in their hearts.

Needed: Bibles, a glass or bottle of dirty water, a glass or bottle of clean water

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students to give their answers to the questions before you clarify the teaching.)

Prepare two bottles or glasses of water beforehand. One is clean, the other has a bunch of dirt in it.

Bring the two bottles out and ask, If I were going to give you a drink, which bottle would you want to drink from?...Why?...What would be so bad about drinking from the dirty one?

Which bottle do you think has the water that is more pure?

What do you think that word “pure” means? For something to be pure, it has to be clean and it has to be made up of one thing. It can’t have anything else mixed in with it. The dirty water isn’t pure because there’s dirt mixed in with the water. The clean water is pure because there’s nothing else in the water. It’s just water.

Read Matthew 5:8 – Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (NIV).

What do you think it means for us to be pure in heart? It means that there is only one thing in our heart.

What do you think God wants that one thing in our heart to be? Love. God wants our hearts to be full of love. He wants us to love Him and to love other people and to not have anything else in our hearts except love.

Sometimes our heart might not be pure, though. Sometimes we might have hate in our heart. Or anger. Or we might want to do bad things. If we have those feelings in our heart, we should ask God to fill up our heart with love again so that we can get rid of those bad feelings.

What does Jesus say will happen if we have pure hearts and have only love in our hearts? We will see God. We will go to Heaven and see God if we keep our hearts pure and full of love for God and other people.

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