We are fighting against basic human nature. When one of the boys gets his feelings hurt, he automatically pays back evil for evil. It is human nature. We keep telling them, "Treat others the way you want to be treated," but they, like all people, do not see the fairness of it. "But he hit me first." "He said it first." And of course (all parents' favorite), "He touched me!" This week a verse jumped out at me and we will be working it into our daily brotherhood prescription.
"Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men."
~ Romans 12:17-18 NKJV
Oh, what a challenge for my boys. You know--it is a challenge for me, too. Writing God's truths on my childrens' hearts is my greatest challenge. The hardest part is, it has to begin with me. They see hypocrisy in an instant, so here we go. We are going to start with this verse today!