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Your words are like a window to your heart.
In today’s lesson, we’re going to learn about a time Jesus challenged some religious leaders and he made them really mad! Back in Jesus’ day, the religious leaders were seen as the smart, godly people because they knew God’s law really well. But, they also created a lot of other silly laws that the people had to follow. They only cared about what you looked like on the outside. It didn’t matter if you were mean or rude as long as you followed their rules. Well, Jesus didn’t like this attitude at all. He taught the exact opposite thing. Jesus said that God doesn’t care more about rules than people. God wants our hearts to be full of his love and truth so that we’ll act in ways that honor him. In other words, God cares about what’s on the inside. Jesus made a point to say that the words we speak are a reflection of who we are on the inside. If we’re mean and rude with our words, that means our hearts are hard. If we speak kind and gentle words, that means our hearts are soft. So kids, don’t be fooled. God cares about what’s in your heart because your heart determines how you talk and how you act.