Materials You Need:
A large heart as in the picture with a "Happy Heart" face
on one side and an "Unhappy Heart" face on the other side.
A sheet of A4 black cardboard painted with black bars cut-outs to create a "Prison".
"Happy Heart" is free as a bird, but "Unhappy Heart" is put behind the
bars in prison when a person says nasty things, is spiteful or does
hateful things. When "Unhappy Heart" comes to Jesus and asks
Him to change his life, he is brought out of prison and turned around
to show that he is now a "Happy Heart".
Grades 1 - 7 (7 to 14 years).
Unforgiveness and hate will put you into a prison of your own making,
but Jesus wants to set you free and teach you how to love others.
Do kids at your school form gangs of friends, and if you belong you
are "Cool", or you don't belong you are a "Loser"? ( Let the
). What about you, are you "Cool" or do
other children call you a "Loser"?
And at home do you really love your brothers and sisters, or do you
hate them? Do they treat you nicely or are they always nasty
and spiteful towards you? And how do you treat them in turn?
Are you also nasty and spiteful, push them them around and
kick and punch them? Do you take their toys or belongings and
deliberately break them? Do you tell tales on them, when they
do something wrong?
If you do things like this then your heart full of envy, jealousy,
unkindness and hate. This is especially so if you are always
trying to get your own back on them. Being left out, jealous
or envious can cause many children to hate others. Galatians
5:15 warns us:
"If you keep on hating and devouring each other,
watch out or you will be destroyed by each other."
This means that if we hate somone or are spiteful and say nasty things,
eventually all you will have left is a pile of dry bones!
This is not the way that Jesus taught us. He said that must be
willing to forgive one another and that we should love our enemies
(see Matthew 5:43-45a and 6:14-15), and do good to them and pray
for them. We need to love one another, as this shows that we
are Christians and that Jesus is living in our hearts.
Hate and anger can imprison us so that we lose all our joy and
happiness as Christians. I have here "Unhappy Heart" (
Hold up the Unhappy Heart ). She has being saying some
nasty things about a boy at school and now that person is hurting.
"Unhappy Heart" has put herself into the "Prison of Hate"
( Put the Unhappy Heart behind the bars of the Prison ).
You can see her glaring through the bars as she thinks of
what she would like to do and say to that boy at school!
Fortunately, "Unhappy Heart" went next Sunday to Childrenís Church
where she heard her teacher read Titus 3:3-7 which says:
"At one time we lived ...... being hated and hating one another.
But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared,
He saved us."
"Unhappy Heart listened to how Jesus loves her and then she asked
Jesus to come into her heart and take away all her hatefulness
and nastiness. Today, "Unhappy Heart" no longer says
spiteful things or is nasty to people. She has been changed
inside and now only wants to do good and say nice things.
And so, she has been released from the prison of hate and is now
the "Happy Heart" ( Turn over the heart and slide the Happy
Heart out of the prison and hold her up
Remember, when you say or think unkind words, or do something
nasty, you have become an "Unhappy Heart" ( Show the Unhappy
Heart again ). Your bad feelings, unforgiveness and hate
will put you into a prison of your own making. And Satan
is very happy to keep you there.
But, Jesus wants to release you and help you forgive others, get
over your jealousy and teach you how to love others. He
wants to bring the love of God into our lives and fill us so
full of love. Then there wonít be any room for unforgiveness,
jealousy and hatred in our hearts. Letís pray now that
Jesus will begin pouring in that love deep into our hearts:
Dear Lord Jesus, I have not been very nice to people this week
and have said some nasty and unkind things. Please take
all the bad thoughts and hate out of my heart and make me clean
inside. Fill me with Your love so that I can learn to love
other people. Help me to say only kind things to them.
Thank You for hearing my prayer. Amen.