Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 6:27-36
"Love Your Enemies," Spark Story Bible, p.274
"Love Your Enemies," DK Children's Everyday Bible, p.242
Old Man Fookwire has it out for the squirrels. They raid his bird feeders and scare away the birds he loves to paint. He plots his revenge...but in the end he gets a big surprise!
How these stories are connected: Jesus teaches people to love their enemies and pray for those who cause harm. As Old Man Fookwire and the squirrels learn about one another, they grow in compassion and exhibit the kind of growth Jesus inspires in us.
Questions about Those Darn Squirrels!:
Why didn’t Old Man Fookwire like the squirrels?
What did he do to try to keep them away from his bird feeders?
How did the squirrels and Old Man Fookwire stop being enemies?
Questions about the Bible story:
How did Jesus say we should treat people?
Why did he say we should do that?
What did people do when Jesus taught them that?
Questions about our lives:
When you don't like someone, what can you do?
God, help us to treat other people well. Help us to see that anyone can be our friend. Teach us to pray for one another and to make friends. Amen.