Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wait for It... - Proverbs Youth Sunday School Lesson on Patience

Wait for It…

Brief: God calls us to be patient with others and to overlook offenses.

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Scripture: Proverbs 19:2; 27:3; 15:18; 19:11; 20:22

What does it mean “to have zeal without knowledge”?  

To be excited about something before you have all the information. It’s the same thing as being hasty, being too quick to do something or to make a decision, before you have all the facts you need.

Has having zeal without knowledge ever caused you to make a mistake? When?

If you make a decision too quickly, you’ll probably end up making the wrong decision. So, rather than rushing into action or jumping to conclusions, this verse is saying that we should try to have a little more patience, try to slow down a little, and find out the best way to do something or to deal with a situation.

Today, I want us to talk about having patience with difficult people instead of being too hasty with them and losing our temper.

What does it mean to say that “provocation by a fool is heavier than both” stone and sand?  

This verse is saying that whereas one can carry stones and sand, it is much harder to bear being provoked by someone.  If someone is irritating us, it’s really hard not to lose our temper with them. God knows that. But God also knows that losing our temper with someone is not the best way to deal with someone.

What happens when we lose our temper with someone? 

We lose our temper and then, they lose their temper, and the fight just gets worse.

Can you think of a time when you got angry and made a situation worse? Summarize the situation.

When has being patient helped solve a situation?

If we get angry, the problem just escalates, but if we remain calm and exercise our patience, then that will also help others to calm down.  As Christians, we are called to bring peace and to help solve problems in the best possible way, which can only be done by remaining calm.

Instead of getting angry about something, what is this verse saying we should do? 

Overlook the offense. Ignore it. Don’t worry about it. Just move on with your life.

Most stupid things that people do to you aren’t worth getting upset about. And if we can overlook those things, if we can ignore and forget about them instead of arguing or fighting about them or losing our temper and making the situation worse, then it will be to our glory. We will be the person taking the higher road.

What is this verse telling us we should do when someone wrongs us? 

Don’t worry about it. Give it to God and let God take care of it.


This lesson is included in my book, Proverbs, Words to the Wise: Youth Bible Studies on the Book of Wisdom.
Proverbs, Words to the Wise: Youth Bible Studies on the Book of Wisdom - Perfect for Youth Sunday School Lessons by [Wilson, Rev. Stephen R.]
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