John 15:15 ESVNo longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
James 2:23 ESV
And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.
Sometimes I try to be a bit sneaky by throwing in a lesson about what we are currently dealing with behavior-wise. Today, we just started out with praise songs and when I saw this song I just had to share with the kids some things on my heart about this subject. It a fun interaction with each other and ended up going for an hour. That's great! That means everyone was into the discussion. Otherwise it is sometimes only 15 minutes. Each day is different. :)
An issue I've been really dealing with is sibling rivalry. Me and the rest of America. More importantly, the subject of forgiveness. Many of my kids in the past have said they don't know if God forgives them and they are scared. I saw them pray to God, confess things to Him, and really pour out their heart. Yet, they still felt fear. I really feel that it's hard to give forgiveness when we don't feel forgiven. It's hard to give love when we don't feel love. Hurt people hurt others. I held a lot of bitterness in my heart towards people the last few years because I really didn't understand God's love. I didn't really believe he forgave me. I didn't UNDERSTAND forgiveness. So how could I give it? We've been really, really, really focusing our morning studies around this area.