Family Bible Study lesson for May 11: Making Peace in My Family
April 25 2003 by Crate Jones , Genesis 13:1-2, 5-18

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Friday, April 25, 2003

Family Bible Study lesson for May 11: Making Peace in My Family

By Crate Jones Genesis 13:1-2, 5-18

Abram (later known as Abraham) and his family were on their way back from Egypt where they had lived because of the famine in Canaan. While in Egypt, he had accumulated great wealth, which would play a role in family problems.

On his journey toward the Negev, he had built an altar to the Lord near a place called Bethel (House of God) and called on the name of the Lord. Upon reaching his destination, he went back to Bethel and again called on the name of the Lord.

For us, it's like going back to the place where we met Jesus and renewing our vows. I recall going back to my home church and standing in the empty baptistry where I was baptized at age nine. It was a time of remembering and reaching up to God.

Abram's close relationship with God made a difference in his relationship with his family. It will with ours, too.

Demonstrate generosity Genesis 13:1-2,5-9 Abram and nephew Lot had so many sheep, cattle and tents that the land could not support them all. Strife broke out between Lot's and Abram's herdsmen - a range war in the making. Trouble was brewing - a family split was on the way.

As Barney Fife would say, "nip it in the bud!" So Abram called for a truce: "Let's not quarrel, we're kinfolk, and the land is big enough for both of us. You go your way and I'll go mine."

He was seeking a peaceful solution to a sticky situation. He did from his heart what the Psalmist would later write: "Depart from evil, do good, seek peace and pursue it" (Psalm 34:14).

Abram showed a spirit of generosity; we can show a generosity of love. "Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you" (Eph. 4:32). This should be written over every church and home entrance.

Seeing the generous love and forgiveness Jesus demonstrated on the cross, how dare we withhold these from one another.

Reject selfishness Genesis 13:10-13 A selfish person is someone who always fishes for self. Abram had tried to build "a bridge over troubled water" by offering Lot first choice of the land. His response to the generous offer was "me, first."

When parting time came, Lot chose for himself what looked to be the best land. "The whole plain of the Jordan was well watered," (v.11) so in that direction he went. Unwittingly, he pitched his tent near the wicked city of Sodom.

It's difficult for a self-centered person to admit being wrong at times. There's a story about a young lady who married a man named Wright. Afterwards, she learned his first name was "Always." In family life, no one is always right.

Selfishness is sIn - with a capital "I" in the middle.

I have seen families nearly destroyed by alcohol, gambling, immorality, uncontrolled temper, dishonesty and other types of ungodliness. Always at the center is a person who demands his or her own way.

When selfish people humble themselves at the cross, they become a new creation in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17).

Rely on the Lord Genesis 13:14-18 The Lord reaffirmed His promise of blessing to Abram because he worshipped and walked in obedience. God will do the same for us.

Even Christian families go through "troubled waters." Honest confession, forgiveness and God's love works wonders.

A farmer was plowing in a hot summer field. His small daughter thought he would like a drink of water. She drew a bucket full of cool spring water, put a dipper in and walked across the field.

Her daddy drank several dipper's full and said, "My, daughter, that's the best water I ever tasted."

She replied, "Aw, Dad, it's just plain ole spring water."

He said, "I know, girl; but when you tote it, it gets the taste of love in it."

It's love that turns a house into a home and makes family members friends.

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4/25/2003 12:00:00 AM by Crate Jones , Genesis 13:1-2, 5-18 | with 0 comments
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