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Love for Enemies

Lesson 6 

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Fall 2020

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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October 11, 2020

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Lesson Focus:

Love “those people” like Jesus did.

Bible Basis:

Luke 6:27-36

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

Love “those people” like Jesus did.

These videos and materials are for your personal use. If you show videos in class, be sure to have the necessary rights to do so.

Music Video, Traditional: “Blessed Be the Name of the Lord”
Music Video, Multicultural: “I Surrender” by Noel Robinson
Music Video, Contemporary: “You Are Great” by Darlene Zschech
Guzik’s Commentary on Luke 6
Coffman’s Commentary on Luke 6
Barclay’s Commentary on Luke 6

Memory Verse:

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
—Luke 6:27-28

Step 1:

Love for Enemies

Materials Needed:

  • None

RETURN THE FLAG
During COVID-19, many people have gone through attics and basements, and some have found autographed Japanese flags from World War II. When Japanese soldiers went to war, many tucked into their uniform a flag that had been inscribed with messages from home. Greg Murphy of Portland, Oregon, found such a flag. “I realized then what that flag must have meant for somebody,” he said. “It would be like someone here losing someone and getting their dog tags back.” To commemorate last month’s 75th anniversary since the end of the war against Japan, Murphy sent the flag to an organization that specializes in returning such things. He received notice that the flag had been given to a nephew of the Japanese soldier who had carried it into battle. Murphy contributed to peace through an act of kindness to the family of a former enemy.

TURN THE CHEEK
Loving your enemies means not doing what the world says to do—always fight back, get your revenge on your enemies. Jesus says to show love toward them, something the world would never tell us to do. In this political season, when many people do not believe as we do and are happy to let us know it, our response must be to love them, not yell back at them.

Questions

  • What, if anything, is the difference between letting someone wrong you and letting someone wrong others?
  • How can we be merciful to our enemies the way God is toward His?
  • What act of pure kindness could you perform for someone who is your enemy?

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2, 3 & 4 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

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