Today is Friday, April 13th. What does it mean to have an enemy in today’s world? Not many of us have a true nemesis, but I imagine there are people who irritate us, make us feel jealous or impatient; people who bring out the worst in us. We are challenged in today’s reading to hold our temper, to respond with compassion, and to be gentle when we want to be brutal. Jesus’s teaching today sounds like common sense but it’s actually hard to implement in reality. - Emma
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- If Jesus asked you to care for your enemies, who comes to mind?
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [Romans 12:20-21 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
“20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
_ What is the purpose of feeding your enemy? (v 20)
_ What does it mean that your kindness will heap burning coals on his head? (v 20)
_ Has anyone ever responded to your unkindness with kindness?
_ How is it possible to not be overcome by evil?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ What does it feel like to be overcome by evil?
_ In contrast, what does it feel like to overcome evil with good?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?