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 share 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.
When we walk in love like Jesus tells us to, we experience more of his kingdom, his power, 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 be a light for you and react with peace, kindness, and love. Thank you for filling our minds and hearts today. In Jesus’ name, amen.
After a recent move, I’ve found myself wading in ungratefulness at different times. But yesterday morning, I read this verse: “He who sacrifices thank offerings, honors me.” Psalm 50:23
So, each morning, my kids and I have written one or more things we’re thankful for in our “Gratitude Journal”.
When we place our minds and hearts on the Lord and gratefulness, it overpowers the darkness and honors the Lord.
Want to join us in doing a “Gratitude Journal” with your kiddos or just yourself? It doesn’t have to be drawn out – keep it simple and just jot down one or more things you’re grateful for.
Let’s start the mornings by refreshing our minds, hearts, and souls with giving thanks to the Lord. 😊