Why is it so important to be spiritually strong? To avoid temptation, be guided by the Holy Ghost, know good from evil.
After reading about Samson in our KJV Bible we also read from our Bible Storybook. We learned a new virtue: Forgiveness! We can learn from Samson about how God forgives us, and how we should forgive others. We serve a forgiving God, with prayer he will take our sins away and make us new. If God can forgive us for the things we do... how can we not forgive others around us? "I choose to love when others hurt me. I am forgiving." A motto we should all try to live by!
Samson's strength was not actually in his hair, his hair was a promise to the Lord. When Samson sinned he broke his promise and the Lord took away his strength.
What is more important physical or spiritual strength?
Some people cannot have physical strength... but EVERYONE can have spiritual strength!
~ Soda Can Experiment.. (to help teach spiritual strength.) Place a soda can on the floor, try and put all of your weigh on it... see how strong it is? Our spiritual strength is strong when we live for God and do what we are suppose to do.
Samson did not always do what he was suppose to do. He did a bad thing when he wanted to please Delilah over God. When we break a promise to our Heavenly Father it's like putting a dent into the soda can.... now what happens when you try to put your weight onto the can....
...the can is weak, it crushes. That is what sin does to our lives, and what it did to Samson's life.
But if we ask for forgiveness, God forgives us and takes away our sins... just as he forgave Samson. Then we are spiritually strong in the Lord... it is like we have no more dents!
(The soda experiment was found while searching/learning about Samson online. Not sure of the website but I wanted to give credit to whomever created it. It helped my sons to truly understand how we need to stay spiritually strong.)
And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.