Enemies

            Someone who has hurt you badly in the past or someone who is trying to hurt you in the present might be an enemy to you.  Do you have any enemies?  Does your country have enemies?

            Sometimes children say - “That person is not nice to me, so I’m not going to be nice to them.”  Do you agree with that statement as a reason to avoid or hurt someone?

            What do you think about revenge?  Is it morally good, morally bad or depends upon the situation?

            How do you relate to your enemies?  Some possibilities:

 

            Fight them openly

            Fight them secretly

            Avoid them

            Love them

 

            Have you ever turned an enemy into a friend?  How did you do it?  Give an example.  Have you ever had a friend turn into an enemy?  How did it happen?

            Do you have any rivals?  A rival could be a competitor for a job, an opposing team in sports, or a business that competes with your business.   Do you view or treat a rival differently than an enemy?  How?

 

Bible verse on the subject of enemies - Matthew 5:43-46a  (Jesus speaking)

“But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?”

*****Why does Jesus tell us to love our enemies?  What kinds of actions would result from loving our enemies?

 “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,  And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles.  Lest the Lord see it and be displeased, And He turn away His anger from him.”  Proverbs 24;17-18

Why does God tell us not to be happy when our enemy does badly?