Have you ever had a fight with your parents? If you have (and let’s be honest, who hasn’t?), then you know that there’s nothing more frustrating than arguing with your parents. No matter what move you make, they make a better one. And of course, they have the power to make the move that ends any and every argument: the “I’m the parent so I’m in charge” move. Talk about frustrating! What makes it even more difficult is that, although your parents are in charge, it doesn’t mean they’re always right or fair. And when we have to do what they say in spite of whether they’re right or fair, it can make us feel completely powerless. But what if we told you that you weren’t powerless? What if we told you there was a move you could make that, no matter if you agreed with your parents or not, would put a stop to the fight right then and there? In fact, it might even help stop problems before they start! Paul lays out this move for us in the book of Ephesians. In this book we’ll discover exactly what move we can make to establish more peace in our relationships with our parents.
Take some time to re-connect! Share a high and a low from your day or the last week.
What’s the main thing that causes conflict and fighting between you (youth) and your parents?
How do you typically respond to your family when they frustrate you?
6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise--3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
Why is focusing on your response more effective than focusing on your
How would you define honoring your parents? Parents/guardians how would you define this?
How is honoring your parents and honoring God connected?
What’s the #1 thing that needs to change in your relationship with your parents/guardians or stepparents?
Name one thing you can each do to take responsibility for that change.
Benevolent, merciful God: When we are empty, fill us. When we are weak in faith, strengthen us. When we are cold in love, warm us, that with fervor we may love our neighbors and serve them for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Mark the Cross of Christ on each others foreheads as a remembrance of your baptism and say these words...
"(Name) you are a beloved Child of God."
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