For today's devotional, again we will use the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which will also be a big part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers this summer. First, read the passage and then discuss the four questions below. Conclude by reading the reflection and ponder the quote presented.
Reading: Matthew 5: 44-45
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text? (or for younger kids, which part of the story doesn’t make sense to me?)
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text? (or for younger kids, what is my favorite part of the story?)
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me? (or for younger kids, what does this story remind me of?)
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text? (or for younger kids, what is God or Jesus doing in this story?)
Someone once told me that they had a huge disagreement with one of their fellow employees. After the fight, the one man, who was a Christian, looked at the other man and gave him a hug. The other man was stunned after the huge fight that this would be the reaction from his colleague.
Several times in the Bible we are told to love our enemy. We should also pray for them. It may be hard at times, but we should nonetheless show compassion for them. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Discuss with another or meditate on this quote by Kahlil Gibran, “I love the sacred and spiritual kindness which should be the source of every law upon the earth, for kindness is the shadow of God in man.”
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