In the schoolyard, friendships can be made and betrayed on a whim – and the hurt can be lasting. Help your children be faithful friends, and kids you can depend on too.

Read on for suggestions on faithfulness that motivate kids to be someone who:

  • is confident God will never withdraw His love or break His promises
  • is a loyal, supportive friend
  • can be trusted to fulfil promises and commitments
  • puts the welfare of others ahead of their own welfare.

In addition, this lesson helps address gossiping, betraying confidences and excluding others.

Recommended resources

Devotions for Super Average Kids
by Bob Smiley and Jesse Florea. Tyndale, 2014. Ages 8-12.

The Berenstain Bears: Faithful Friends
by Jan and Michael Berenstain. ZonderKidz, 2009. Ages 4-7.

The Berenstain Bears: God Loves You
by Stan, Jan and Michael Berenstain. ZonderKidz, 2008. Ages 4-7.

The Berenstain Bears: The Truth About Gossip
by Jan and Mike Berenstain. ZonderKidz, 2018. Ages 4-7.

Adventures in Odyssey: Life Lessons #5: Peer Pressure (CD)
Tyndale, 2005. Ages 8 and up.

Adventures in Odyssey The Fruit of the Spirit (4 CDs)
Focus on the Family, 2021. Ages 8-12.

VeggieTales Fruit of the Spirit Stories: Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control (DVD)
Big Idea Entertainment, 2022. Ages 4 and up.