What we're talking about
Have you ever had an enemy? Not the crazy kind you see in superhero movies, but an actual, real life enemy. Maybe it’s someone who made you angry, or who constantly annoys you, or who you’ve had big arguments with, or who you wouldn’t mind seeing fail just a little bit. The truth is, we all probably have someone in our lives like that, and our first instinct when we think about them is to get mad, get even, or just get away from them! But what if there was more to it than that? What if your enemies weren’t actually that bad after all? What if there were actually things we could learn from them? Things we could do to help them? Sounds crazy, right? Well, that’s how Jesus saw it! His teachings about how to deal with our enemies will turn our ideas about them upside down. And when we apply His advice to our own relationships with our rivals, we’ll find they’re easier to love than we might have thought.
Questions for Conversation
- What's one reason you might consider someone your "enemy" in middle school?
- How do you usually respond when someone hurts, offends, or makes you angry?
- What are the risks of trying to love our enemies?
- Why do you think Jesus tells us to pray for our enemies?