When it comes to conflict, there are two parts to almost every single one: a reason and a response. Think about it. Your sister calls you a name (the reason) so you call her one back (the response). Your dad gives you an early curfew (the reason) so you give him the silent treatment (the response). The list goes on and on. Sometimes the reasons for conflict are good, and sometimes they’re just plain ridiculous. But while we can’t always control what causes the conflict, we can control the way we respond to it. Now we know that’s not always an easy thing to do, but the good news is we have a model to follow when it comes to conflict—God’s model! And as we look at the way God responded to conflict with those closest to Him, we’ll see that His move is going to be the best one we can make for not only families, but ourselves as well.
Why is it so easy to hold on to a grudge against family members?
Why do we often make excuses when we hurt family members, but refuse to believe excuses when they’ve hurt us?
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Forgiven people forgive. How does knowing that you’ve been forgiven help you forgive others?
What’s keeping you from forgiving someone in your family?
Name one family member from whom you can ask for forgiveness for something you’ve done to hurt them.
"(Name) you are a beloved Child of God."