This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (1 Thessalonians 5) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica this first letter in order to encourage them because they were being persecuted.
Part of the encouragement by Paul was to help the people to react their difficult situations in a surprising way.
Ask the children…
How did Paul tell the people to react to difficulties?
“Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16, 17)
How else were the people to react?
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Instead of paying back evil for evil, Paul like Jesus suggested a different path. He suggested the path of trusting that God would make all things work together for good.
Ask your children what difficult circumstances they are going through? How are they reacting? How could they thank God for this circumstance? What would they say? Try it right now and see if God doesn’t just change your hearts to one’s of peace and thanksgiving.
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