If My Family Is Fighting

Step 1: Sing the Songs

Step 2: Memorize the Word Together

Step 3: Watch the Teaching Together

Source: Open Life Church

Step 4: Discuss the Teaching Together

Read God’s Word

  1. Spend time reading Matthew 5:38-42 with your family.

Explain God’s Word

  1. After you have read the passage, discuss these questions;
    1. What is the title of this passage in the Bible?
    2. Who is speaking in this passage?
    3. Before Jesus came, how did the Old Testament law tell God’s people to solve problems? (v.38)
    4. What does Jesus say we should do when someone says something mean to us or hurts us? Should we get them back for what they did? (v. 39)
    5. If someone steals from you should you steal back from them? (v. 40)
    6. If someone takes advantage of you, should you take advantage of them too? (v. 41)
    7. If someone really needs something from us, should we hold onto it for ourselves or give it to them, even if they might not give it back to us? (v. 42)

Show God’s Word

“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”-Romans 12:17-19

  1. Have you ever had a fight with your parents or your brothers or sisters? Did you feel angry? Did you yell or scream? Cry? Did you want to hurt them back the same way they hurt you?
  1. When someone hurts us, we usually want to hurt them back–This is called revenge or retaliation. Look at Romans 12:17-19. Should we retaliate or get revenge when someone hurts us? Why or why not?
  1. What does it mean to live peaceably, as far as it depends on you? Do we have to try to be at peace with other people even if they don’t want to be at peace with us?

Apply God’s Word

  1. What does God’s Word tell us about peace? Check out the scriptures below!
    1. Who do we get our peace from? (John 16:33)
    2. Does trying to get revenge or trying to have peace bring us Godly joy? (Proverbs 12:20)
    3. What does Jesus say about people who are peacemakers? (Matthew 5:9)
  1. Is there someone you need to make peace with? Maybe you have had a fight with your sibling or parent? Take time now to pray and ask God to help you seek peace and not revenge. Then go to that person and seek peace together with them and God. 
  1. One way we can grow in peace is to spend time with God in prayer and in reading His Word. Use the Grow Up In Christ planner and schedule the time you need to spend time with Jesus. Remember- as you get close to Him, He will get close to you and give you the strength you need to live faithfully! Share your plan with your family, friends, and the Hope Kids team (hkids@hopeottawa.ca)
  1. Take time this week to memorize Romans 14:19 to remind yourself to pursue peace with your family and friends; “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.”
  1. God helps us have peace with others, but first we have to have peace with God. We can have peace with God because of Jesus and what He did for us on the Cross. The way to have peace with God is to first believe that Jesus is our Saviour. God sent His only Son, Jesus, to come to earth and die for our sins, so we can be saved and have a personal relationship with Him. To accept this gift from God, we must believe that Jesus died for us so that we can be God’s child too. We first must repent of our sin and believe in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. When we do this, we put our faith in Him. If you want to begin a personal relationship with Him, and put your faith in Him alone, all you need to do is;

A_________ (Admit) that you have done wrong and ask God to forgive you for disobeying Him.

B_______ (Believe) that God sent Jesus to take the punishment for your sin. Trust that you are forgiven because Jesus made you right with God

C________ (Choose) to spend your whole life depending on God’s power to help you say no to sin. Rely on God to help you tell others that God is your leader and the most important person in your life.

Step 5: Pray the Truth Together

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