We're Teaching This:
We're kicking off a brand new series called BATTLEFIELD: It's all about conflict in relationships.
Think about the last big fight you had. Maybe it was with a friend or a coworker who talked badly about you. Maybe for you, the biggest battles happen at home with someone in your family who seems completely unreasonable. No matter where your battlefield is or who you’re battling with, there’s a good chance it stresses you out. No one likes conflict. Even those of us who enjoy the fight don’t really like the feelings of regret that come afterward.
But what else can we do? If avoiding doesn’t work and exploding doesn’t help, do we have any other options? Thankfully, the Bible has something helpful to say to all of us when it comes to conflict in our relationships. And while there’s no guarantee that we’ll never face another battle, we can discover how to make our way through it and have stronger faith and relationships on the other side.
Tonight's emphasis will be responding properly to conflict. We'll be showing students that when we choose PEACE over making a POINT, we can show people that they as a person are more important to us than being right. That doesn't mean we don't stand for truth - we just make it clear in our approach and our responses that we'd rather win RELATIONALLY than simply LOGICALLY.
Bottom Line: Making Peace is Greater than Making a Point
- What was one thing that really stood out to you from tonight's lesson?
- Who is someone that you tend to have a lot of conflict with?
- Why do you think that conflict is so common?
- How do you typically respond to the conflict? Does that go well?
- What would it look like to make PEACE rather than a POINT in that relationship?
- How could you show that person that you VALUE THEM more than just BEING RIGHT?
- PARENT: Share a time when you chose to make PEACE rather than a POINT. Demonstrate how much better that is for your relationship with GOD and OTHERS.