Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, families will be gathering together around a meal to build an altar of praise, worship and prayer. If you are single or an empty nester, we also want to encourage you to gather together with others as a spiritual family to do the same. Have a wonderful time, and we look forward to hearing how your time went.
Dinner Table Discussion
Table discussion does not have to be limited to the following questions.
- What are some things you want to celebrate with your family/friends?
- How has God been showing Himself to you lately?
- Choose a simple song to sing as a family.
- Have a short round of praising God for who He is.
Message for the family
It’s Not Fair!
- Read p.78 (March 8) from ‘Abba’s Heart’ and prepare a short devotion appropriate for your family.
- The message can be paraphrased or be read depending on the age of your group.
Read the following questions and have them reflect and listen, then share.
- Share about a time when you experienced injustice or an unfair situation?
- What will it look like to trust God to handle these situations rather than take matters into our own hands?
- Is there anything keeping you from fully trusting God to handle unfair situations for you?
- What can we do as a family to help each other refrain from avenging wrongs and leave it to the Lord?
Take turns blessing one another. Father (mother, or spiritual leader), pray a short blessing over the family.
It’s Not Fair!
We live in a sinful world full of sinners, the only thing sinners specialize in is sinning. ” All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23) When no one is righteous, justice is often perverted. The devil makes sure that there are injustice and inequity within the society so that everyone would get upset and angry. Most wounding we have received as we grow up is related to unfairness and injustice. When you think that you are treated unfairly, you would react and take the law into your own hands. Result? – More sinning!
This is how sin spread all over the world, by taking on the offenses of others, becoming angry and getting back in revenge. Sin breeds more sins back in revenge. Sin breeds more sin and this is the way the devil rules over the world. Overcoming evil with evil only perpetuates sinful behaviors and lawlessness. Taking the law into one’s own hands world elevate the person to the status of a judge and a law enforcer. Much of the gossips, slandering, criticism and judging of others come out of our view of an unjust world.
So fretting over other sinners, jealous of their not getting caught or punished, taking the law into your own hands, are symptoms of not trusting in God and His goodness. These feeling often breed sin and more unrighteousness. When one revenges, it is very hard to be fair. Avengers usually overdo their acts, causing more damage than the offender deserves. That is why the Law requires an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, no overcompensation in the act of punishment! When we are angry about a situation or someone else, out anger is usually not righteous anger because we are all self-centered. We do a lot of things for self-protection and self-preservation.
Trusting in the Lord, not on the justice system or one what we think is fair, is the only way to overcome our inner anger towards injustice. Commit your ways to the Lord and delight in Him and He will give you the desire of your heart. We have to be silent before the Lord, wait for Him patiently and He will do it! All humble persons will inherit the land and enjoy abundant peace. Would you like to enter into God’s reality instead of being burdened down with the unfairness of the world?
Search your heart: are you angry at any injustice and unfairness in your life” Are you under oppressive situations and people? Have you been tempted to reach out your hand to “do something”? Is there peace in your soul, trusting the Lord with every situation? Do you want to do something instead of wanting to inherit something from the Lord? Remember, all anger are not justified for we are not completely fair and righteous ourselves. Refrain from avenging wrongs, leave it to the Lord, He is the Judge with full knowledge and understanding. Commit your way to the Lord!