By David Watson

Benchley, January 8, 2017

  • Introduction
    • What about marrying yourself or inanimate objects?
    • Leviticus 18:22-25 – Warning against perverting God’s marriage plan.
  • (Grand)parenting applications: training children to love others
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Be generous Luke 10:30-37; Ephesians 4:28 Budged for others; Speak of others’ needs Consumer culture; prosperity; constant ads When gets money, never thinks of others
Forgive like God Nehemiah 9:16-17; Luke 23:33-34; Matthew 18:21-35 Stop holding grudges; truly forgive children; Explain: “I’ve needed forgiveness myself many times.” It’s hard to forgive!  Peers may encourage revenge. Bitterness
Serve like Christ Matthew 20:25-28; Luke 17:7-10; John 13:12-15 View self as servant; point out opportunities to serve; praise service like we would performance. Not valued by many, must be taught at home; me-first culture Lack of initiative for others; habit of expecting others to do for self.
Encourage others I Thessalonians 2:8-12; Acts 11:23-24; II Corinthians 2:6-8 Encourage the child; Make aware: “He looks like he needs some encouragement.”; “Thank you for saying that to him.” Easy to kick someone when they’re down; too busy to even notice others’ problems. “He wouldn’t do the same for me.”
Speak the truth in love Ephesians 4:15, 29; Proverbs 15:1-4 Read Bible prophets and preachers; explain effort it takes (“I’m trying to word this email to …”). Tempers flare; we don’t know what to say due to little practice, Bible knowledge Insults, gossip, meanness

 

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