Hands-on Faith for Families– week of August 3, 2015
Play: Playfully simulate a first aid situation. For example, have someone pretend to get a deep cut or break a bone. Make a plan regarding what needs to be done to help. Gather supplies and run through a couple of emergency scenarios, keeping the mood light but realistic.
Talk: Proper first aid can minimize pain and promote a quick recovery. Just as a cut on your hand needs attention so it can heal, wounds in the body of Christ also need tending. In Matthew 5:23-24, Jesus directed His followers to resolve any wrong with a fellow Christian before coming to God in prayer.
Whether you’ve accidentally hurt someone by your words or actions, or you've been insensitive or selfish toward another believer, God expects you to repair that wound. Giving a sincere apology is always appropriate first aid.
Pray: Ask God to show you if you have been unkind or have hurt the feelings of others. As He brings specific events to mind, ask for His forgiveness.
— Karen Schmidt