Gideon – one of Israel’s judges – was faced with an angry crowd from the tribe of Ephraim. They weren’t happy he hadn’t included them in a battle against the Midianites! Gideon was following God’s instructions and could have responded with anger and defensiveness, but instead responded with gentleness and respect. The people of Ephraim took it great! Then, years later, another judge named Jephthah angered the people of Israel – but instead of speaking kindly he spoke harshly. Guess what? Ephraim didn’t take it so great. Our words make a huge difference! Kindness is far more likely to bring about peace than hostility. That’s what we’re learning from the book of Proverbs this weekend!
When it’s time to begin, start your morning of family worship by watching the short lesson video with your kids. [Tell your families how to access the videos here.] It’s a great way to engage spiritually with your family.