Conflict Kitchen - Elementary April 2015
Think about this for a second: Do you want your children to grow up to be angry? I’m talking about out-of-control, self-centered, short-fused, “I’m gonna hurt somebody if I don’t get my way” kind of anger.
Of course not.
After all, you don’t have to look very hard in communities to see the damage that kind of anger can do. It’s the reason a lady used pepper spray at a Wal-Mart to ward off a crowd of mothers Christmas shopping. It’s the reason people lose it in traffic, or the reason the issue of bullying is escalating in schools everywhere.
The truth is there are a lot of people who are walking around angry. Somehow they grew up and missed a simple principle that is critical to life. Peace.
Peace is part of God’s character and what Jesus came to do for us. God wants us to reflect peace in our relationships with others. This month we want to illustrate how and why we should “do all we can to live in peace” though incredible stories found in the Word of God.
This Month’s Virtue: Peace: Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument.
This Month’s Memory Verse: “So let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to build each other up.” Romans 14:19 NIrV
Big Idea: When God sent us Jesus, He proved He cared for us.
Bible Story: God made peace with us through Jesus • Colossians 1:20; 3:15
Big Idea: Prove you care about others by walking away from a fight.
Bible Story: Isaac’s Wells • Genesis 26:16-22, 26-31
Big Idea: Prove you care about others by letting go of “what’s fair.”
Bible Story: Jacob and Esau meet again • Genesis 27:41-45; 31:3; 32:1-21; 33:1-11
Big Idea: Prove you care about others by being part of the solution.
Bible Story: Abigail Intervenes • 1 Samuel 25:1-35
Keep the conversation going at home.
As we seek to teach your children about God’s love for them, we know that no one has more influence in their lives than you. We want to partner with you by providing monthly resources for you and your child to connect. Check out the following ways you can keep the conversation going throughout the week!