You remember the drama of your middle school years, don’t you? Back then, every fight with a friend felt like a war and every insult, frustration, or criticism felt like the end of the world. In middle school, you might have a new enemy every week – your mom, your dad, your teacher, or maybe your former best friend. Between all the hormones, insecurities, and big life changes happening during the middle school years, these kinds of emotions are to be expected. But during this tumultuous phase, there’s something we can do to help our middle schoolers better love their “enemies” – encourage them to pray! Here’s what’s cool: when they pray for the people who’ve hurt or upset them, they’ll actually develop a little bit more empathy and compassion than they had before.
Share a high and a low from the past week.
How do you usually respond when someone hurts, offends, or makes you angry?
Matthew 5:43-44 New International Version
Love for Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Luke 23:33-34 New International Version
33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[a] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
Why do you think it’s easier to hate someone who’s hurt you rather than forgive them?
What are the risks of trying to love our enemies?
What are the benefits of loving our enemies?
Why do you think Jesus tells us to pray for our enemies?
What’s one thing you can do this week to love an “enemy”?
O God, our true life, to serve you is freedom, and to know you is unending joy. We worship you, we glorify you, we give thanks to you for your great glory.
Abide with us, reign in us, and remake this world for your divine majesty, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN
Mark the Cross of Christ on each others foreheads as a remembrance of your baptism and say these words...
"(Name) you are a beloved Child of God."
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Weekly posts pertaining to the Confirmation Lessons for the week. A great way for families to have conversations of faith at home, on the road, or around a meal.