Aim: To help the children: to know that the tongue can help them say good and bad things; to appreciate the power of this wonderful part of their bodies; and to decide to use it to praise God and say good things.

Verse Illustrated: James 3:6 The tongue also is a fire.

Presentation: Play guessing game with children about what you brought, discuss tongue and its power, challenge children to use it well.

Interest Getter: Today, I brought something small but extremely powerful and you don’t see it. You all brought one with you, too, but I don’t see them. What do you think it is? You can use it to make people feel good or bad. It is red. It is usually hidden behind something white. (Rub your tongue over your lips to help them guess what you are talking about. Continue giving clues until someone guesses “tongue”).

Lesson: Yes! I have my tongue and it is a very important part of my body – and you have yours and that is very important, too! Can you show me your tongues? Good, thank you. You can close your mouths now. What do our tongues help us to do? Taste our food, chew our food, talk, etc. Hold your tongue tight and say “Potatoes”. Can you say it clearly? No! Our tongues help us to speak clearly.

Do you know what the Bible calls the tongue? It calls it a “fire” in James 3:6. Do you know you have a fire in your mouth? Why do you think the Bible calls it that? It is because a person can use his or her tongue to “burn” the things around them. For example, if a person shouts at you, “Move!”, you might get angry, burn up, and shout back. You might start a fight and the whole room could start fighting, all because someone used his or her tongue in a rude way. Of course, you know that is the wrong way to react, but some people do it. Or, think about this. In that very chapter, the Bible says that the same person uses the tongue to both praise God and curse God. Is that right? No! We should not curse God or anyone else.

What are some burning words you can say with your tongue? “That’s mine!” “No!” “I don’t like you.”

Is a fire always bad? No. It can cook our food, it gives warmth and light. It is good or bad, depending on how we use it.

The tongue isn’t always bad, either. God gave it to us to use well. What are some nice words we say with our tongues? “Thank you.” “I’m sorry.” “It’s OK.” “You can play with this.” “I’ll help.” “I love you, Mom.” “I love you, Jesus.” “Jesus loves you.”

Application: Just as a fire can be good or bad, useful or destructive – depending on how it is used, our tongues can say helpful things or hurtful things. Who decides what we say? We do! We need to control our tongues and our thinking so that we say and do good things that please Jesus.

Conclusion: Let’s pray and ask God who gave us our powerful tongues to help us use them to say good things. And let us do our best to speak lovingly and to act lovingly even if others use their tongues in ways that hurt us. (Pray).

14 comments to Tongue

  • ivan

    Thank you for this. :)

  • Alison

    This was a blessing to our family this betty night. May God richly reward you for this study for His children. Thank you!

    • Patricia A. Meinerts

      Thank you! And I thank the Lord that you found the site and that it was useful. May He continue to bless you and help us all to use our tongues to praise Him.

      • Just wanted to say that you’re doing a ptetry cool job Eric.I’m from Greece and I love the blues, Rock’n’Roll and all these stuff. I started playing the harmonica maybe a year ago, but I started the hard way.I bought David Barett’s book. He’s good , but you have it, man. Are you a teacher? what is your proffesion? Anyway keep going with it.Thank you for your help and all your advice

        • Patricia A. Meinerts

          Hi! My name’s not Eric, but I just saw this blog on my site, written months ago. Sorry to be so slow in replying! Hope your harmonica playing is coming along well. I used to play a little years ago, but found I prefer to sing, so left it. But it is a fun instrument and can make wonderful music! Glad you like my writing on the tongue. I am a housewife, former nurse and midwife, who loves the Lord and the Bible and loved teaching children about God when I was younger. Hope you know the Lord Jesus, too, and honor Him with your tongue! Know that God is good!

  • Tameka Stephens

    Great lesson. I two age groups 0-2 and 3-6 in Children’s Ministry and this will be a great lesson for my 0-2 age group. I’m using toothpaste to illustrate how once its out it can go back with my 3-6 age group. Thanks so much.

  • Auntie Red

    I prayed I’d find the right place to make the children think and learn and Praise God and Thank You &God Bless YOU!

    • Patricia A. Meinerts

      Great! God is good. May your children learn to love Him as you teach them. Thanks for encouraging me with your reply.

  • Rachel Nobela

    This is a fantastic object lesson, this is an answer to prayers!!! May god continue to bless you, your family and ministry.

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