September Series: God created us for relationships. From the very beginning of the Bible, we see how important it is to have wise people in our lives who help us understand how to honor God with our actions. When God sent Jesus, we were able to see the best example of friendship ever. Jesus showed us how much He loves us as He laid down His life for His friends. With His words and actions, Jesus showed friendship to everyone He met. We can reflect Jesus’ love best when we take time to care for our friends.
Friends stand up for one another.
Barnabas and Saul ● Acts 9:26-30
In Acts 9:26-30, Saul had a bad reputation with the followers of Jesus. So when Saul decided to follow Jesus, the other believers had a difficult time trusting he had really changed. Barnabas went out on a limb and defended Saul. Because of Barnabas, the followers of Jesus chose to help Saul and trust that Jesus had really changed him.
Engage in everyday moments together this week:
- Morning Time: As your kid starts their day, tell them about a time when you admired them for standing up for something or someone else either through their actions or words.
- Meal Time: At a meal, have everyone at the table answer this question: “What does it mean to stand up for someone else? Is it something you’ve ever done or you’ve seen someone else do? What did you or they do and why?”
- Drive Time: While on the go, ask your kid: “If you could do anything for one of your friends, what would you do?”
- Bed Time: Pray for each other: “God, give us the courage to stand up for others — whether we know them or not. Let us show others You love them by how we stand up for them.”