Think about this for a second: Do you want your children to grow up to be angry? I’m talking about out-of-control, self-centered, short-fused, “I’m gonna hurt somebody if I don’t get my way” kind of anger.
Of course not.
After all, you don’t have to look very hard in communities to see the damage that kind of anger can do. It’s the reason people lose it in traffic, or the reason the issue of bullying is escalating in schools everywhere. The truth is there are a lot of people who are walking around angry. Somehow they grew up and missed a simple principle that is critical to life. Peace.
Peace is part of God’s character and what Jesus came to do for us. God wants us to reflect peace in our relationships with others. We define peace like this: proving you care more about each other than about winning an argument.
It’s interesting that peace almost always requires some type of sacrifice. I can almost guarantee there will be a time in every relationship when you will have to give up something you care about to make peace. Peace will cost you something.
Peace is more than just “not fighting” and saying the right things to keep people happy. Peace is living in a way that shows you care more about others than about being right. It’s about building strong relationships through mutual trust. Working at those relationships is hard work. It will cost us something. It will take time, swallowing our pride, and often will mean walking away from the chance to prove we’re “right.” That’s why we start by getting everyone to memorize something Paul said in the book of Romans. “So let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to build each other up,” (Romans 14:19, NIrV)
Think about the significance of that phrase. Paul is challenging us to do all we can to live in peace. He stresses how important it is for us to do everything in our power to build a bridge—to fix what is broken—between us and someone else.
This month we'll talk about some stories that illustrate how and why we should “do all we can to live in peace.” Above you will find the preview video discussing the stories we'll be covering this month. You can also view the monthly newsletter and follow our Facebook page for engaging questions and activities to keep the discussion going throughout the week. Don't forget to come right back here for a new GodTime devotional to go along with the story and theme we will be covering each week. (Download our App for easier access to these resources on the go!) You can also check out theparentcue.org for some great parenting resources from the authors of our curriculum!