Sometimes the fighting and tension in your family seems constant. It feels like you’re always at odds with your parents over something. You want more screen time, but your parents say no. Your parents want your curfew to be early, but you want it to be late. You disagree. You argue. And it seems like you just can’t see eye to eye on anything! Believe it or not, conflict and tension in all families are like this. It almost always revolves around the fact that kids and parents see things differently. And that can be really frustrating. But while we may not be able to change the disagreements, there is something we can do to change the way we handle it. In fact, Jesus gives us the best advice on how to handle conflict not just with our parents, but with others as well. As we look at His words in the book of Luke, we’ll see that, when it comes to conflict, there’s a move we can make every time to build rather than break our relationships.
Share a high and a low from the past week.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your family?
Luke 6:27-31 NIV
Love for Enemies
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
What’s one way you and your parents sometimes see things differently?
What’s one way you and your siblings sometimes see things differently?
What’s the one thing your family fights about the most?
How do you usually respond when your family upsets you?
Why is treating our family with love so difficult sometimes?
How do you want your family to treat you?
This week, what’s one way you can treat your family like you want them to treat you?
Almighty God, your generous goodness comes to us new every day. By the work of your Spirit lead us to acknowledge your goodness, give thanks for your benefits, and serve you in willing obedience, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. AMEN.
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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Weekly posts pertaining to the Confirmation Lessons for the week. A great way for families to have conversations of faith at home, on the road, or around a meal.