Object Lessons

Sweet and Sinful

Objects: A quart jar filled with sugar, and a large red cardboard cross. (When filling the jar, place close to the bottom the white hearts on which virtues listed in this lesson are written. Near the top, place black hearts on which sins are written.)

Who can guess what is in this jar?

"It is white, and might be sugar, salt, or flour."

The first one you named is correct—it is sugar. There are three ways in which this jar of sugar is like some people. Two ways are apparent, and one will be revealed later. Attractive children are often spoken of as being "sweet." That is one way the jar might be like an individual, and the other way is that it has a mouth.

We will pour the sugar out to see whether we can find the other way in which it might be like a person. It has a heart, which is the third way is resembles a

But the word "LYING" is written on this black heart. Is it possible that a jar o£ sugar could have "LYING" in it? Yes, and it is also possible that a person who might be called "sweet" could have in his heart, the sin of lying.

As we continue to pour out the sugar, another black heart appears. It has "STEALING" written on it. More are coming! "HATE," "DECEIT," "SWEARING," and "ANGER." All these evil things came out of the mouth of the jar.

Jesus said, "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh" (Matt. 12:34).

David realized that the natural heart was sinful, and he prayed, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer" (Psa. 19:14).

We will move this jar near the cross, reminding ourselves that only when we accept Christ will the heart be changed. (Gather up the black hearts and pin them to the red cross.)

Now as we continue to pour the sugar out, we see clean hearts, with "LOVE," "JOY," "PEACE," "LONG-SUFFERING," "GENTLENESS," "GOODNESS," "FAITH," "MEEKNESS," and "TEMPERANCE" written on them.

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