Sibling arguments are inevitable. But, if there’s a way to limit them, I sure want to.
Yes, my kids still argue, but this verse has been a wonderful motivator to not repay insult with insult, but with blessing.
When one of my kids chooses the latter, I celebrate it big time. When our kiddos have these words in their minds and hearts, they are more likely to pause before paying back and to repay with blessing instead.
I love how the end of the verse explains why: “because to this you were called.”
I shared with them that as followers of Jesus he has called us to love one another deeply. With a love that doesn’t always make sense. When we repay evil for evil, it stirs up anger and hatred, but when we repay with blessing, it stirs up love, goodness, peace, and “the life that is truly life”.
When we walk in love like Jesus tells us to, we are a light for the Lord, experience more of his kingdom, his power, and him.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Jesus (John 8:12)
Lord, help our kids and us to love one another like this. When we want to repay with anger, harsh words, and frustration, Jesus, help us to repay with peace, kindness, and love. Thank you for filling our minds and hearts today. In Jesus’ name, amen.