Slow to Anger

Published 7/19/19

From: 101 Ways to Strengthen the Parent‐Child Connection

Devotions, Tips, and Activities

By: Michael and Tiffany Ross

And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

Exodus 34:6

Family Quest

It’s showtime! Using stuffed animals, dolls, sock puppets, and your imagination, engage your child in a spontaneous skit about anger. Don’t stress—just make up your story on the spot. Scene 1 involves quick-tempered, impatient characters who want what they want right now! Scene 2 demonstrates love, selflessness, and the amazing patience of our one and only God whom the Bible describes as “slow to anger.”

Talk It Out

· Based on our skit, why do you think it’s wrong to be quick-tempered?

· When the Bible describes God as “slow to anger,” what do you think that means?

· Read Titus 3:3–8. Aren’t you happy that God is patient and forgiving?

Parent-Child Connection

Based on the age of your child, this demonstration can get very complex. Younger children will be able to grasp a very basic idea of anger versus patience. But older children will probably have more questions. They may ask, “What if I’m standing up for someone else?” Or “Would God really want us to wait before defending innocent people from bad guys?” Take time to discuss the difference between being angry and being temporarily upset. Anger comes from a deeper place and often does not end well. It is this type of emotion that He is warning us against.

Talk to God

As you pray, encourage your child to (1) thank Jesus for being so big and mighty and (2) ask the Lord to help him appreciate what He has done for him.

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