Hi Journey Kids parents!
Let’s be honest. When we get hurt, our natural reaction is not to go make peace with the person who hurt us, right? Our natural response is anger or even revenge. But Jesus calls us to be peacemakers – and He tells us exactly how to respond when we get hurt. Instead of lashing out or succumbing to gossip, He tells us to go to the person that sinned against us and seek reconciliation. Reconciliation should always be the goal of confrontation. Not pride. Not revenge. Not proving we were right. Always reconciliation. Always peace.
When it’s time to begin, start your morning of family worship by watching the short lesson video with your kids. [You can access the videos here.] It’s a great way to engage spiritually with your family.
Here is a snapshot of the lesson details for this week:
Bible Story: Making Peace with Others
Big Idea: Jesus is the Good Shepherd who makes peace with us, so I can make peace with others.
Memory Verse: “Turn away from evil, and do good. Look for peace, and go after it.” Psalm 34:14 (NIrV)
After the video lesson and music, you can use the attached materials to help take your family deeper into the lesson:
Do you have any relationships that need reconciling? Jesus told us what to do. I hope and pray that this week you’ll be a conduit of His peace by seeking out reconciliation. It may not be easy but I promise you it will be worth it.
Jennifer Foley is the Children's Ministry Leader at Abundant Life.