POSTED June 23, 1999
By Louise Ferry
"GOOD FOR EVIL"
Scripture Reading Matt. 5:43-48
PUPPETS: Butch & Grandpa
GRANDPA: What's wrong with you this morning Butch?
BUTCH: Oh, it's my classmate Chet. He makes me so mad, I can't stand him. He's a big bag of hot air. He's always telling about who he met and what they are doing and where they are going!
GRANDPA: You're not jealous, are you?
BUTCH: No! Just sick of his bragging. If he's not doing that, he's cussing. Grandpa, why does God let him have so many good things when he laughs at CHristians and even curses God's name?
GRANDPA: That's a good question. That use to bother grandma, when everybody was telling her she could do better than me. It didn't make me feel too good either.
BUTCH: Makes you want to get even, doesn't it?
GRANDPA: Oh, no! Remember what we read from the Bible this morning? What did those verses tell us we ought to do to people like that?
BUTCH: Love them.
GRANDPA: That's not all, what else?
BUTCH: Bless them, pray for them and do good to them.
GRANDPA: How about you going to grandma and helping her make some cookies and taking a few to Chet.
BUTCH: You've got to be kidding!
GRANDPA: No, I'm not. The best way to destroy your enemies is to make them your friends. God instructs us to bless our enemies and return good for evil, giving every opportunity to change the enemies into friends.
BUTCH: If I help grandma make those cookies, do you think she will let me have some to take to Chet?
GRANDPA: Of course she will. Change your enemy into your friend. Not a bad idea is it?
BUTCH: That's a good idea grandpa. Maybe we all ought to try that. See you next week everybody.
GRANDPA: See you Butch. See you everybody.
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