- 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
Passage(s) to discuss & guide
Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach
Temptations and hindrances
Behaviors to correct
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.
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.
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