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Living Lights: The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule+
For Sister Bear's birthday, she receives a special locket inscribed with the Golden Rule. She doesn't quite understand what it means, even though Mama Bear explains it. Then an new girl arrives at her school, and she's faced with a choice: Should she ignore the new girl at school just because her friends do? As she befriends a lonely newcomer, she understands what the Golden Rule looks like in action. The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule shows children how choosing to be kind may not always be the easy choice. But it is always the right one. Recommended for ages 4 to 7.
The Golden RuleTo Remember: We should treat others as we want to be treated
Love: putting others first
Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.God has always given His people guidance on how they should treat one another. We tend to be selfish, unless trained otherwise. But God wants us to be considerate of others. He said that we should treat others they way we would like to be treated. How do you like to be treated? With respect, listened to, not interrupted, loved, share things with, treated fairly, honest with, follow through on promises. If we like these things from others, it is only natural that others would like us to treat them the same. Display and discuss the iron rule, silver rule, golden rule. (Define on a chart: Iron Rule "Do unto others before the do it to me." Silver Rule "Do unto others as they do unto me." Golden Rule "Do unto others as I would have them do unto me."
SING: I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Love is not just a warm fuzzy feeling of affection, although it can include that. Love is putting someone else first in your life; taking care of what they need before taking care of your needs. The golden rule is love in action; treating others well, because others are as important as you are. Jesus said that Christians' love and caring for each other would be how the world identified us.
John 13:34,35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.True or False
Discussion/Worksheet: Have students choose the "rule" applied in each of the examples (iron, silver, gold)
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