Stop, Pray, Walk Away: Object Lesson on Self Control

There is nothing wrong with being angry.  Anger is a wonderful emotion, to show us that something is wrong.  Typically, one of the primary emotions, like fear or sadness, can be found underneath the anger. … In contrast to fear and sadness, anger can provide a surge of energy and make us feel more in charge, rather than feeling vulnerable or helpless.  According to James 3:2-8, we must not sin when we feel angry. .

Here is an object lesson to teach your children about self-control when we are angry.

James 3:7-8 “All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”

Fill up a clear glass of water almost to the top with warm water.  Place the glass in a baking dish — for overflow.  Next, add a few drops of food coloring, and 3-4 drops of dish soap into the glass.  Now sprinkle 2 Tablespoons of baking soda on top.  THE FUN PART  — pour vinegar into the glass.  OVERFLOW!!

Explain to the children that we are the water, and the baking soda is our anger.  The vinegar is our self-control, and if we don’t control it — we will sin in our anger.

God’s plan is better — stop, PRAY, and walk away!


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Have a blessed day!


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My name is Elizabeth. I'm a single mom raising my 2 daughters Althea and Cordelia in Kansas

7 thoughts on “Stop, Pray, Walk Away: Object Lesson on Self Control

  1. What a great lesson to go over with, with kids. We are going to have to try this on Christmas break.

  2. This is the second time I have clicked on this one. I know God is trying to tell me something!

  3. What a fantastic idea. Through the vinegar we can see our “self control” winning or losing. This is great for adults too. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Thank you for this!! I am going to present it to my class in childrens church tomorrow and I think they are going to love it!!

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