April 18, 2021
Reconnect: Build the Bridge
LIFE APPLICATION | Peace – Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument
MEMORY VERSE | So let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to build up one another.
Romans 14:19, NIrV
Grove Kids | Sunday Notes
War and Peace
Genesis 26:1-6, 12-22, 26-31
BASIC TRUTH | I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
For week three, we head back to Genesis 26:1-6, 12- 22, 26-31. Isaac moved to a region where he reclaimed the wells that had belonged to his father, Abraham. For years no one had cared about the wells until they were reopened, then everyone started fighting over them. Instead of fighting, Isaac decided to give away the wells in order to make peace. Isaac simply walked away from what was rightfully his. And by walking away from the fight, those people changed their opinion about Isaac, and decided to trust him.
Bottom Line: You can show you care about others by walking away from a fight. Sometimes creating peace with someone means walking away even if we’re not wrong. Often it takes a stronger person to have the selfcontrol to walk away. We pray that kids will learn how they can choose peace when they want to argue and fight.
Message to Parents
As parents, the scary things seem to stand out in our minds rather than the good ones sometimes. For instance, we’ve all have that one time when we “lost” our kids for a split second at the grocery or the playground! It’s one of the worst temporary feelings we can have as a parent. So at what point in this parenting process do we stop frantically looking for our kids and they start looking for us? Here’s an article that will give you hope and inspiration through these younger years.
Now for your Kids...
Grab your Bible, a patient mind set and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids! Here’s your theme…Peace means proving you care more about each other than winning an argument.
Read Romans 12:18 with your kids.
Tell them, “When you’re mad, like really mad, peace is hard. When someone says something mean, it’s hard to walk away. That’s when what you focus on becomes really important. Instead of thinking about what’s been said or what’s been done, what if you shifted your focus to peace, instead? There are actually lots of things you can do.”
You can stop.
You can ask God to help you.
You can walk away.
You can talk to an adult.
You can choose kind words instead of unkind words.
Share with them, “This week, when you find yourself getting really mad about something, instead of focusing on what’s been done to you, try to focus on what you can do.”
Now pray with them and ask God to help you both to live in peace with everyone, as much as you can.
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