Pet peeve (noun) – something that a particular person finds especially annoying.
What are some of your pet peeves?
Are there times when anger is good? Discuss the difference between good anger and bad anger.
2 Samuel 12:1-6 The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
“Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
Was it right for David to feel angry?
What would you have done if you were David in this story?
1 Corinthians 13:7 [Love] always protects,
As followers of Jesus, we will protect others. What are some ways that we can protect others emotionally?
If you see someone being put down or made fun of, what are some things you should do?
Why do you think it is so tempting to make a joke at someone else’s expense?
What has been your experience with bullying? Have you been bullied? Seen it? Done it?
We should want people to feel safe when they are with us. Who do you feel safe around? Why do you feel safe with them?
What are some things we can do to make others feel like they are safe with us?
Gal 6:1 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.
What do you think it means to restore gently?
When you have a sin in your life, what do you want your friends to do?
Below are three made-up situations. Discuss how you should handle them.
- Let’s talk about Pat. Pat is a Christian friend who goes to church with you. One day you are looking at Pat’s phone and notice pornography on it. What should you do?
- Ashton worships next to you every Wednesday night. However, when you hang out outside of youth, Ashton is always cussing and talking about inappropriate things. What should you do?
- Jordan is a good friend of yours that was once faithful to church but has started hanging out with some people that are causing Jordan to drift. You have heard that Jordan is going out drinking on Friday nights. What should you do?