Violence causes more than 1.6 million deaths worldwide every year.–Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
–National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
It's estimated that 1.3 million women, in the United States, who are victims of physical assault, are assaulted by an intimate partner.
–Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Every year an estimated 3 million reports of child abuseare made in the United States.
–U.S. Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey
Every year there's an average of 293,066 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault reported in the United States.
–Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Violence is one of the leading causes of death in all parts of the world for persons ages 15 to 44.
In 2010, the Honorable Martin O'Malley, former Governor of the State of Maryland, the United States of America, issued proclamation (see below), Peaceful Families Day, to Red Rose Ministry establishing March 18th as its day of commemoration in support of enhancing and extending all connections that strengthen and enrich families, year round, by introducing more peace and love in homes.
We welcome you to commend this celebration on March 18th every year as a global effort to build the essential part of the cultural, social and spiritual fabric of our communities…families. Find out (below) about Peaceful Families Day awareness goals, model behavior and how to be fruitful according to the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Celebrate Peaceful Families Day, March 18!
The awareness goals of Peaceful Families day are to:
1. Strengthen the body of Christ in our global communities by encouraging them in the hope of God by divine peace given us from our Lord, Jesus Christ;
2. Encourage families to be more peaceful and loving on a daily basis as heirs with Christ in God’s Kingdom;
3. Encourage families to become more aware of their actions toward one another and others;
4. Encourage family members to extend the same divine peace of Jesus Christ in them through their actions by practicing the Fruit of the Holy Spirit in their lives; and
5. To remind families that if they can practice peaceful behavior in their households for one whole day, they can do it on other days.
Printable PFD of Peaceful Families Day flyer for churches and individual use available soon!
Here's how you can get involved. If you are an individual, a church or with a church and would like to share this global initiative, simply present the "awareness goals", "model behavior", and how to "be fruitful" examples on our printable PDF flyer to your members and ask them to participate as a unified body in our Lord, Jesus Christ to model righteous behavior by practicing the Fruit of the Holy Spirit together for one whole day.
1. Share the Peaceful Families Day awareness goals with your family members (inside or outside of your household).
2. Get everyone to agree, be on one accord, for this whole day (March 18th) to let all issues go, no matter the circumstances. Agree not to dispute over matters or have any outbursts of anger, and to let all bitterness and strife go (if any), but observe peace in your hearts by turning to Christ Jesus and encouraging others to do the same. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34
3. Model righteous behavior by practicing the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, being fruitful with each other. "If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him." 1 John 2:29
We’re known by our fruit. If we love Christ, we’ll keep His commandments.
1. Be quick to listen, slow to speak and anger. Anger doesn’t achieve the righteousness of God. (James 1:19) If you feel inclined to answer a negative response, remember to hold your peace. Either say a word that’s positive which is wholesome and good for teaching/learning, in that moment, to give grace or say nothing at all.
2. Use discernment. Be alert. Don’t give the enemy opportunity to use your weaknesses. We’re tempted when we’re led away by our own lusts/desires and enticed by our own lusts/desires. (James 1:14) If you feel tempted to act in anger, intentionally pause to gain control over your emotions. Politely remove yourself (if needed) to separate from that thing causing you stress. And, pray to Christ who will help you. Then, do the right thing. Act, according to God’s Will, in righteousness.
3. Be humble/meek like our Lord, Jesus Christ, yet strong in Him.
It is not good to boast or challenge one another. "So, if we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit." (Galatians 5:25)
Love others. Don't despise them.
Rejoice in Christ. Don't act sad.
Show patience. Don't be intolerant.
Don't complain. Endure suffering
Express kindness. Don't be mean
Be good. Don't think evil thoughts
Have faith. Don't be luke warm.
Be gentle. Don't be harse or wild
Control yourself. Don't act unstable.
" But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." Galatians 5:22-24
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves." James 1: 21-22
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