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5/18/2017 9:00:00 AM
GOOD NEWS FOR KIDS
HOW ADULTS SHOULD ACT
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
Jesus, help me tell a trusted adult if an untrustworthy one is being hurtful to a kid! Amen.


"If you love me, keep my commandments," Jesus said. "Whoever does that is someone who loves me. My Father will love them, and I will love them and be with them, too."

Kids are taught to trust adults. If an adult isn't trustworthy, that can lead to problems.

There are some very unhealthy adults who don't treat children well. They may be so mean, they make kids cry; they may be so angry, they make kids scared. They may be physically hurtful to children, which is never, ever OK. Any adult who hurts a kid needs to be reported right away.

This week's Gospel (John 14:15-21) is a reminder from Jesus about the way adults are supposed to act. If someone claims to love God and be a good person, Jesus says, they'll keep the 10 Commandments. Jesus will help them, and so will God the Father.

Jesus knows that being healthy can be hard. That's why the 10 Commandments exist! They're rules everyone -- adults and kids -- is supposed to follow to live a good life.

The commandments ask people to worship only God; not to curse; to go to church; to honor your parents; and not to kill, steal, lie or be jealous of what other people have that you don't. To those, Jesus added that we're supposed to love God and one another.

In the Gospel story, Jesus pointed out that, if someone wants to be close to Him, that person needs to follow all the commandments. That means being healthy, not hurtful -- and, if an adult has problems with being hurtful, it means going to doctors and getting help to stop that.

If you know an adult who is not trustworthy, who is being hurtful to kids, Jesus would want you to tell an adult you can trust all about it. Jesus wants to help everyone. That includes adults who are struggling, and the kids they aren't treating well!





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