Peace — Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument.
April 2021 • Week 4
Today’s Bible Story: The Peacemaker (Abigail Intervenes) • 1 Samuel 25:1-35
Monthly Memory Verse: So let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to build up one another. Romans 14:19 (NIrV)
Life Application: Peace—Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument
Suggested Songs: Peace Like a River, King of My Heart, Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Praise & Pray: Sing along with the provided worship videos and Pray Access Songs Here.
What You Might Pray: “Dear God, making peace isn’t easy. Please help me to find ways to help be a peacemaker in my home or at school with my friends. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”
Read God’s Word Together: 1 Samuel 25:1-35 (Need a kid friendly Bible? Check out our suggestions here.)
Family Devotional and Discussion
What You Do: Watch the complementary video together as a family and discuss today’s question.
What You Discuss: “Abigail was able to make peace. David was so angry he could kill, but God used Abigail. After talking to her David walked away from a fight. Making peace isn’t always easy, being a peacemaker is incredibly hard but important. What are ways you can be a peacemaker?
Bible Story Review
What You Need: Bible
What You Do: Hand out Bibles and ask kids / family members to open to 1 Samuel 25:1-35 and read together.
- What was the good thing that Abigail did in this story? (She was nice and brought David some food.)
- David was very angry with Nabal. The food Abigail brought, and the words she said helped David to feel better, and kept him from killing Nabal. When we see someone who is angry or upset, what can we do to help them feel better? (Talk to them, give them a hug, do nice things for them, etc.)
- I wonder how hard it was for Abigail to switch places with Nabal and be the one who approached David. Imagine you are Abigail—how would you have felt approaching David, knowing that it was Nabal’s actions that made David mad?
- What if two friends are in a fight. You didn’t cause the fight or make it worse. How are you supposed to respond? What’s your responsibility in terms of peacemaking? (This could prompt discussion that there are times you aren’t the cause but you can still be the part of the solution. It doesn’t mean it’s easy, but it’s what we should do as followers of Jesus. However, there are also times when the best thing to do is to stay out of an argument. These are times when we need to go to God in prayer to ask for wisdom to know what the best thing is to do.)
- Why do Jesus followers consider Jesus to be the ultimate peacemaker?
- What are some reasons that we avoid being peacemakers in difficult situations?
- What are some ways we can be a peacemaker? (If necessary, provide a scenario: If someone is giving you the silent treatment, what could you do to be a peacemaker? What if you are watching a show and your older brother walks in and switches what you’re watching – what could you do to be a peacemaker?)
Pray and Bless Your Family
What You Need: No supplies needed
What You Do: Ask for prayer requests.
- Ask the kids to share one characteristic they think makes a good responder so they can be part of the solution to bring peace.
- Close by inviting the kids to silently reflect on one thing they could work on to be part of the solution in situations they face.
What You Might Pray: “Dear God, thank You for reminding us to do all we can to live in peace. We need Your help to work on (pause and ask kids to silently insert the trait they feel they need to develop). Help us do everything we can this week to show we care about others by being part of the solution, even if that means that we have to give up something. We want to be peacemakers. Pray for prayer requests. We love You, and we ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Show You Care
What You Need: “Abigail Intervenes” Activity Pages (DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE), and a Bible
What You Do: Open the Bible to 1 Samuel 25 and read the passage together.
- Show the “Abigail Intervenes” Activity Pages as you retell the key points of the story (see below), pausing after each point.
- If the person’s actions showed care for others, kids / family members stand and give a thumbs-up.
- If the person’s actions didn’t show care for others, kids / family members squat and give a thumbs-down.
- (Show picture 1) David and his men went down to the Desert of Paran, near the land of a wealthy man named Nabal. While they were there, they helped keep Nabal’s shepherds safe.
- (Show picture 2) One day, David sent his men to ask Nabal if he would be kind and give them some food. Nabal—who was rude and mean—replied, “Why should I give food to THEM?”
- (Show picture 3) When David heard what Nabal had said, he was ANGRY. He chose 400 men, and they headed towards Nabal’s home, looking for a fight.
- (Show picture 4) A servant told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, what her husband had done.
- (Show picture 5) Abigail—who was wise and kind—quickly gathered food, loaded it on donkeys, and went to meet David. Abigail apologized for Nabal’s meanness.
- (Show picture 5) David accepted Abigail’s gifts and told her to go home in peace.
What You Say: “When the servant told Abigail that her husband had been mean and rude to David’s men, Abigail worked quickly to help make peace. What did she do to help make peace? (She apologized for Nabal being rude and mean. She gave food to David and his men.) If Abigail hadn’t done something, David and his men might have fought Nabal and his servants. People would have gotten hurt. But Abigail cared about others, so she stepped in to help make peace. She was part of the solution. [Bottom Line] “You can show you care about others by being part of the solution, too. You can help others share. You can help others take turns. When someone isn’t nice, you can say, ‘Hey, that’s not nice.’ And, like the servant, you can ask others for help when the problem is too big for you. So this week, remember that [Bottom Line] you can show you care about others by being part of the solution.”
Color By Number Verse
What You Need: “Coloring by the Numbers” Activity Page (DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE), markers
What You Do: Encourage the kids to recite the memory verse a few times together.
- Pass out the “Hidden Verse Coloring” Activity Pages and markers.
- Instruct the kids to follow the key provided to color their page.
- While they color, encourage kids to color this month’s verse in such a way that it really stands out.
What You Say: “Wow! You did a beautiful job coloring! The bridge and this verse are great reminders that we should do everything we can to build each other up instead of tearing each other down. When you build each other up, [Bottom Line] you can show you care about others by being part of the solution. Like Abigail, God has designed all of us to be creative problem-solvers. We can be part of the solution in our homes, in our classrooms, on our sports teams, and in our neighborhoods. I’d like for you to take this verse home and put it somewhere in your room or on the bathroom mirror to remind you that God wants you to be a peacemaker everywhere you go.”