Compassion Begins in the Family
INTRO: Do you know anyone who is highly affectionate and compassionate with strangers (non-family) and totally disconnected and cold with his/her family? There must be very strong reasons for this type of behavior. Why do you think this happens? Is it justifiable in some cases? Please, discuss with the group.
1. Is there any type of advise in the Bible in regards to how should we treat our parents? What do you think about this Bible verse? What are the consequences of honoring our parents? How can you honor your parents? Discuss several ideas on how to honor your parents in the different stages of their lives, with your group.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12)
2. Is there any advise in the Bible about how parents should treat their sons and daughters? Discuss this with your group. What can parents do to practice this great Bible advise? Come up with some practical ideas. Have you ever talked about this with your parents? Would you?
“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
3. Is there anymore counsel on dealing with our family members in general? Anything about having compassion for family members in need? Does the Bible mention providing for relatives who need your help? What does this mean? Please, discuss this Bible verse with your group. Mention specific tips on how to apply this counsel on a daily basis.
“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (I Timothy 5:8)
4. After reading and discussing these topics on how to treat family, please, share some of your personal feelings with the group. How are you personally doing on these areas discussed? Is any improvement needed in your personal life, regarding this subject? How can you apply these great counsels to your Daily Life of Compassion?
Prayer: Dear God, help me to put my family first and be compassionate with each one of my relatives. Help me to show them with my daily actions how much I love them and how important they are in my life. Please, give me the strength and dedication to be the answer to this prayer. AMEN.