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Love everyone — even when they do wrong to you!
This kids Bible lesson teaches about retaliation and loving those who hurt you from Matthew 5:38-48. The idea of “love” can mean many things to kids…from loving family and friends to loving sports and pizza, or of course the idea of romantic “mushy” love…what about loving bullies? How do we genuinely show we care about someone when we actually don’t? This lesson looks at what Jesus taught about loving others, and how he demonstrated what it means to love enemies.
Lesson - Jesus - Directions - Thing - People
Lesson focus: Jesus gives us difficult but important directions sometimes…for one thing, He asks us to show love for all people, even those who are not always kind to us.
Materials Needed: Bean bags, paper towel tubes, paper (various colors) cut into heart shapes; string; tape; stickers; pipe cleaners.
Lesson - Opening - Simon - Opposite - Things
Lesson Opening: Simon says…do the opposite! Sometimes the things Jesus taught seem strange, or seem like the opposite of what we might naturally want to do. Open this concept with a game…play “Simon says” but instead of following “Simon”’s directions, kids should do the opposite. If the leader says to lift a left foot, kids should lift their right. Play a few rounds of this and talk about what was challenging. They had to twist their expectations a bit and do what did not come naturally. Explain that today’s lesson will involve a similar concept.
Sometimes people may upset us. Invite students to share stories of bullies or enemies. What makes someone difficult to work with? And what might we want to do to people who hurt us? Expand the challenging concept further by discussing public “villains” or enemies, like political antagonists or corrupt leaders of the past (Hitler, Herod, etc.). We naturally want to see people like that suffer as punishment for their deeds…but let’s...
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