Read today's Scripture lesson from Galatians 3:23-29 or use the summary below:
(Adapted from Spirit & Truth Publishing)
Summary: Paul wrote a lot of letters to the first Christian churches. In this letter to the church of Galatia, he wanted them to understand you couldn’t make God love you more by following every rule perfectly. God also didn’t love you more because you were a boy or a girl, rich or poor. Some of the Christians tried to compare who was better and who was worse, and it made some people feel bad.
So, Paul wrote:
“God gave us rules to obey to keep us safe, like a babysitter. But Jesus reminded us that our relationship with God and others is more important than perfectly following the rules. No one is perfect! None of us are better than anyone else. When we were baptized, we all became God’s children. So, in Jesus there is no such things as Jew or Greek, slave or free, male nor female, because everyone is One in Christ Jesus. Everyone is welcome in the house of God!”
• Has anyone ever made you feel bad about who you are?
• Do you think you've ever made anyone feel bad about who they are?
• I wonder what it would be like to love all people equally
• I wonder if there are groups of people we tend to look down on now
Let's pray together: Dear God, thank you for loving all of us, even though we're all different and none of us are perfect! Help me to love myself as much as you love me, and to love other people as well. Amen.
Brainstorm as many “groups” of people as they can think of. This could include age, race, gender, religion, and so forth. Write them on a piece of paper or whiteboard. How are you the same? How are you different? Write them on a piece of paper or whiteboard, and then draw a giant heart around them all. Remember that we are all God's children. God made all of us!
For younger kids: print and color this page. Find in the picture: boys and girls, kids and grown-ups, people with dark hair and people with light hair. What other differences do you see? Even though we are different, we are all God's children! We are brothers and sisters because of Jesus.
Sometimes in our world we think some people are better than others, depending on where we live, how good we look, or how smart we are. But God loves all of us. Sing this song to remember that God has the whole world in God's hands. Everyone is important to God!