Tonight we’re going to continue thinking about how we treat and are
treated by our friends and other people, and I thought we’d start by watching
a video clip.
The film is about a guy called Billy Madison. Anybody seen it?
For those who haven’t, the story is that all through Billy’s life, he’s
messed things up – he left school with no qualifications or anything. He is
part of a rich family, and his father told him that he could not inherit any
of his money unless he went back to school and did it again.
The clip we are about to watch is of Billy’s first day at high school –
secondary school as you may call it. He’s already been through primary school,
and the woman you’ll see towards the end was a teacher from there.
[Watch Clip – Start Point = 54 Mins, End Point = 57 Mins]
Now, there we saw Billy having a bit of a hard time on his first day back
at secondary school. How do you think he might have felt after his first day
Just after Billy had custard poured over his head, he was picked on by the
people who had been classed as losers and had been picked on before he came
along. What do you think of this?
Encourage Response “Ironic”;
Sometimes, we all feel like losers, and other times there are other people
that we think are losers. I think it is important that each of us thinks about
how we treat others before criticising others over the way they treat us.
Who wants to read something?
[Get Ephesians 4 v32 Read]
OK, what do you think this means?
To me it is saying that God forgave me for all the wrong things I have
done. He did so by sending his Son to earth to be crucified on my cross, and
because He led a perfect life, when he died he forgave our sins.
Therefore, I believe that because God has been good and forgiven us, it is
right that we should be good to each other and forgive each other for all the
little (and maybe big) things that we’ve fallen out over in the past.
As we watch this final video clip, I’d like you to think the way you treat
friends and other people, and think about whether there is anything you feel
you need to do, just like Billy is about to do to a guy he used to know at
school called Danny McGraph.
[Watch Clip – Start Point = 57 Mins, End Point = 59 Mins]
Sometimes, thing upset us, and sometimes when there is an opportunity we,
maybe without even thinking about what we are doing, upset others. However, in
the future, think about the effects of what you do, and how much an apology
can mean, just like it did to Danny McGraph.
Ephesians 4 verse 32
Be kind and loving to each other, and forgive each other just as God forgave