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Jan 2018

Lesson Review – Matthew 5:38-48 – The Sermon on the Mount: Love Your Enemies


Here are some review notes from this week’s lesson in our preschool and K-4 classes. This week we studied Matthew 5:38-48, The Sermon on the Mount – Love Your Enemies.

This is lesson 14 of 78 in our study of the New Testament. This lesson corresponds with Story 92 in The Gospel Story Bible and with Week 14 of the Old Story New family devotional.

Gospel Truth for Today

Jesus tells us we must be perfect (Matthew 5:48). Because of our sin and disobedience, we are found to be God’s enemy. Thankfully Jesus didn’t just tell us to love our enemies, he demonstrated it by dying on the cross for our sins and giving his perfect record of love and obedience to all who believe (Romans 5:10-11).

The Lesson In A Sentence

Jesus taught that it is easy to love those who love you, but we are to also love our enemies and those who persecute us.

Questions For You Kids

Parents, we have provided some basic answers to the questions so that when your child inevitably says, “I don’t remember,” you can feed them some clues and help them recount the lesson.

What was Jesus teaching the crowd in today’s lesson?

He was teaching them that they needed to not just love nice people but to love people even if they are mean to you. He also taught that we needed to be perfect like God is perfect.

Is there anyone who has been mean to you? How do you think you could love that person?

Parents, this is a good opportunity to tell your kids that it is ok to protect themselves from harm like if someone is being mean or hurting them, it is ok to leave the situation. But, that we shouldn’t resort to cruelty in return (IE, Billy called me a name, so I hit him). Instead, offer ways to love their enemy like praying for them, not returning evil for evil, and forgiving them.

How does Jesus help us when people are mean to us?

Even though we were God’s enemy because of our sin, Jesus died for us. He showed us his perfect love. Because we have been forgiven and loved through Jesus, we can forgive and love others.

Can we be perfect like Jesus tells us to in Matthew 5:48?

No. But for everyone who believes in Jesus’ death in their place, for their sin, God counts Jesus’ perfect life as theirs. Pretty amazing, huh?!?! (2 Corinthians 5:21)

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