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 class 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 in 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!

A Sanctified Vessel – Object Lesson

That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour.  1 Thessalonians 4:4 KJV

Living a holy life and possessing ourselves with honor includes watching our actions and our thought processes.  How do we dress – do we honor God in how we look?  Do our motives promote cleaning living, or our we careless in our actions around others?  What do we watch on TV, or what movies do we watch?

As Christians we must be careful not to follow the trends of the World, and strive to live a holy life pleasing to God.

1 John 2: 15-17:

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.



This is such a fun science experiment to explain this lesson.  It seemed like everyone from the neighborhood came by our apartment to see what we were doing!  🙂

The water represents the world.  The oil in the Jar represents us in Christ.  The red food coloring represents the sins of the world.

I explained to the girls how the oil separates from the water.  See how it shines in the sunlight!?!  This is how God wants us to be — shiny and bright, not of the world.

Sometimes we sin and become like the world.  So we stirred up the oil and water to represent us in sin.   I explained that when we sin — we can repent our sins, and Jesus forgives us.  When then become brand new in Christ – shiny and new again!

As I was talking the oil repealed the food coloring – and began separating from the water.

Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world!


John 3:16:

 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God, help me to live a clean life, one that honors You in every way.  Help me to cultivate thoughts and habits pleasing to You.  Amen.