Ask group members to read the story about Carl Ericcson on PSG p.60 (first paragraph). Brainstorm other ways that adults are known to retaliate against other adults when they feel wronged. Expand the discussion by asking group members to describe a situation in which one of their own children were involved in an act of retaliation (either the aggressor or the recipient) and how they as parents felt and what they did when they learned about it.
Background: Man gets life sentence in 50-year-old grudge killing (USA Today)
Ask, “When the Bible says ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,’ (Mt. 5:8) how do we square that against the need to be patient when someone wrongs us? (HCSB Study Bible note: “Jesus explained that eye for an eye…was given not as a mandate for personal vengeance but as a principle to guide courts in determining appropriate punishments.”
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