Animal examples

Getting into nature

Learn how animals mark their territory with scent so other animals will avoid it, or risk a fight.

Discussion point: Respecting others avoids fights and creates peace.

Discuss the territorial habits of animals. Explain that animals mark their territory with scents such as urine and feces.

When animals do not respect the territorial markings of other animals, the likely result is animal fights and possible death. We can learn from the wise animals who choose to respect the boundary markings of others animals. They live in peace, whereas those whose choose to trespass risk conflict and death. When we respect others, we are more likely to live at peace with them than when we choose to show disrespect to others.

Use the discussion questions and Romans 12:16-18 to relate this to humans respecting one another.

Questions for discussion
  • What part of the house is your “territory”?
  • How can we show respect for each other in our home?
Relevant Scripture

Romans 12:16-18 “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”