Psalm 101:1-2 (TLB) “I will sing about your lovingkindness and your justice, Lord. I will sing your praises! I will try to walk a blameless path, but how I need your help, especially in my own home, where I long to act as I should.”
1 Timothy 5:8 (BBE) If anyone has no care for his family and those in his house, he is false to the faith, and is worse than one who has no faith.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Proverbs 19:11 (NRSV) Those with good sense are slow to anger, and it is their glory to overlook an offense.
1 Peter 4:8 (NAS) Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
Ephesians 4:15 (NCV) Speaking the truth with love, we will grow up in every way into Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:15 (MSG) Be careful that when you get on each other's nerves you don't snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.
Matthew 7:12 (MSG) “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them.”
Proverbs 17:9 (AMP) He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends.
Lamentations 3:21-23 (NRSV) “This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
How did you find coming to know Jesus in a personal relationship have impact on the way you related to your family members? What barriers keep you from relating to your family positively?
Review the reasons Pastor Steve mentioned that we can sometimes be harder on people in our families than others. Are there other reasons you would add? Which of these do you identify with enough to want to do something to make a personal change?
Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. How does it change your understanding of this passage when you see it as a description of Jesus? What phrases that describe real love (like Jesus loves) really seem to be tailor-made for your needs?
Choose one or more of the action points under the ‘Mercy as love in action’ section and give an example of how God is helping you to put that into practice in your family?
When have you most recently experienced much-needed, pure, unadulterated mercy from someone? How did it make you feel? Who is the Holy Spirit bringing to mind in your family or your close circle that could really use mercy from you?
Today your child learned about kindness as part of the Miracle of Mercy series. We have defined mercy as love in action. Then, each week, we’ve focused on a loving action we can incorporate into our lives. We studied the story of the Good Samaritan. Ask your child what happened to the man who was traveling. Did anyone show kindness to him? Did anyone not show kindness? To continue the conversation about mercy, check out the handout your child completed in class and take a look at the Family Reflection section to learn more.
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.
NorthPointe Community Church
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Wednesdays at 6:30pm