Episode ThemeCommunity- Building: How do I love my enemies?
You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I tell you: Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you.
Have you ever been disappointed? You are not alone. Everyone faces disappointments. Can you name the following Bible people who experienced major disappointment?
__________ This Bible person lost his animals, his 10 children, and his health. (Job 1)
__________ This Bible person wanted to have a child, but she had to wait until she was 90 years old to have a baby. (Genesis 21)
__________ This Bible person pretended he didn't know Jesus and then realized that Jesus knew what he had done. (Luke 22: 61)
__________ This Bible person thought he was the only person left in the whole country who still worshipped God. (I Kings 19: 14)
How did you do? Job was the man whose faith in God was tested by Satan when Satan took away everything Job had. Sarah ached to have her own child, but she faced daily disappointment until she was 90 when her child Isaac was born. The Bible says that Peter cried when he realized that he had denied knowing Jesus. Can you imagine how Jesus felt? Elijah proved God's power to the Israelites over and over. Yet he still felt like he was the only one left who believed in God and not in idols.
Have you been really disappointed? Being a Christian does not mean that you'll never be disappointed-at least not until you get to heaven. Being a Christian does mean that when you are so disappointed the even crying doesn't help, God is still with you. He was with Job, Sarah, Peter, and Elijah. He promises to listen to your disappointment and to face it with you. You are never alone when you are a Christian-even when you are facing huge disappointment!