In our second lesson on Jesus’ Great Commandments, we’ll explore Jesus’ call to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:39). At first glance, this may seem like a tricky topic for teenagers, who often struggle with low self-esteem or even self-loathing. We’ll explore what loving yourself means—and doesn’t mean. After all, Jesus’ point wasn’t for us to pat ourselves on the back. Instead, we zeroed in on the many ways we naturally love ourselves and explored how that translates into the way we regard and respond to others.
Jesus’ call to radically love others isn’t easy. It goes against our natural, self-centered instincts. But, as we discussed, we can live it out when it’s a natural outpouring of our love for God (the first Great Commandment). As young people grow closer to Jesus, experiencing Christ’s love and faithful presence, their committed love for God will grow, and so will their ability to express that love to other people.
How have you experienced a similar connection in your own faith journey? Talk with your teenager this week using questions such as:
- When has your experience of God’s love for you—and your love for God—naturally motivated you to show love to another person?
- How does the second Great Commandment most challenge you?
- Who is someone we can show love to together? What’s a practical way we can care for that person?
Thanks for all your prayers for our students and our ministry. Have an amazing week!
REVEAL(High School Students) meets in the Chapel every Sabbath at 9:30am