Summary: Part 2 of a series from Romans 12:18

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Peace @ Home, Resolving family conflict, Live @ Peace series

Colossians 3:13-21

Eric A. Snyder, Minister.,, Farwell Church of Christ

April 14, 2002

A minister was finishing up a series on marriage. At the end of the

service he was giving out small wooden crosses to each married couple. He said, "Place this cross in the room in which you fight the most and you will be reminded of God’s commands and you won’t argue as much."

One woman came up after the service and said, "You’d better give me five."

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I recently heard a story about the mom & dad with a son who was a freshman in college. He blew off his freshman year. He wasn’t very responsible, didn’t make good grades, squandered his money, & finally came back home. His parents told him, “If you go back to school you’ll have to pay your own way.”

So he had to work that summer & not go on the family vacation. That was part of his punishment. The family went to Greece that year & the mom sent him a postcard, “Dear Son,” she wrote. “Today we stood on the mountains where ancient Spartan women sacrificed their defective children. Wish you were here.”

A little girl’s Prayer: A little girl was being punished by eating alone in the corner of the dining room. The family paid no attention to her until they heard her pray: “I thank Thee, Lord, for preparing a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.”

Do any of these scenario’s describe your life?

We’re in a series about living at peace. This week we are looking at difficult task of living at peace with our families.

The truth is we all speak different languages. Men think and speak one way and women think and speak another, and children and kids speak and think in other ways.

You know the family unit is the oldest small group in the history of the world. It is a group where each person knows a great deal about others in the group. Some of you know exactly what buttons to push to make your parents angry and some of you know exactly how to ask for something that you want.

The family is the ultimate small group you know a lot about each other. You know what people don’t like and what they do like. You have endured confined living space. You have rode together in the same car through a couple of states. Some of you share bedrooms. You all share the same bathrooms, breakfast tables and budget. You see each other every day and are quite accustomed to life with each other.

Any time a group comes together such as this, personalities emerge and conflict in inevitable. If you are in a family you can be assured that there will be times when feelings are hurt, fights are started and grievances are aired.

It’s no secret that husbands and wives fight, we’re not exactly writing fictional scenarios, brothers and sisters have conflict. Sometimes parents and children have conflicts.

“As far as it depends on you’ live at peace with everyone”

Well doesn’t it make sense that after making peace with God we learn how to make peace with our families?

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