Blessing instead of cursing

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Teach your children a blessing they can say when others say or do unkind things.

Discussion point: It’s important to learn to overcome evil with good.

Have your children practice thinking of a blessing they can say when other children say or do unkind or hurtful things. Then when these things do happen, your children will be more prepared to bless instead of “curse,” helping them to fulfil 1 Peter 3:9 which states: “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”

In difficult situations, have your children pray for the person who they need to forgive and also say good things about them. Gently remind your children that they are being like Jesus when they forgive the other person – even when the other person hasn’t asked for forgiveness.

Read Romans 12:21: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Let your children know that when they “bless and do not curse,” they are overcoming evil and winning the battle against Satan, who would prefer them to curse the other person.