Retaliation. RCCG Sunday School Teachers.


Retaliation. RCCG Sunday School Teachers. 


OPENING PRAYER: Father, help me to love my neighbour as myself, according to your word.
MEMORY VERSE: “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 19:18



BIBLE PASSAGE: Romans 12:17-21 KJV
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it is possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirsts, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil but overcome evil with good.


LESSON INTRODUCTION: Retaliation is a violent response to an act of harm or perceived injustice. To retaliate is to do something harmful or negative, to get revenge for some harm; to fight back or respond in kind to an injury or affront. Both the Hebrew and Greek words translated “vengeance”, revenge, and avenge” have the idea of punishment in their root meaning. The question of non-retaliation or non-violence is often discussed in relation to Matthew 5:38-44.

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TEXT REVIEW: Romans 12:17-21.
The Almighty God assures believers that He would avenge the wrongs inflicted on His children. He said, “I will repay”. Romans 12:9.
Rather than revenge, God commanded His children to do certain things as commanded in the Bible passage for this lesson. The teacher should identify any five of such directives.
i. _
ii. _
iii. _

iv. _
v. __



i. Believers should not retaliate or revenge. Rom. 12:9.
ii. Believers should not pay back evil for evil. Rom 12:17.
iii. Believers should feed the enemy and give drinks to them in anticipation for divine rewards. Rom. 12:20; Prov. 25:21-22.
iv. Believers should not join the offenders in committing the same error. Rom. 12:21, Matt. 5:39.
V. Believers should allow God to judge. Heb. 10:30.
i. Teacher should ask the students to explain why some people revenge (by themselves).

ii. Why do nations of the world retaliate by imposing sanctions?




i. Believers should love their enemies. Matt. 5:38-44.
ii. Believers should allow God to judge their enemies. Rom. 12:19.
iii. Believers should resist the impulse to retaliate and live in peace. Rom.12:18.
v. Believers should forgive. Luke 6:27-31.
v. Believers should allow God to defend them. Psalms 20:1.
vi. Believers could set healthy boundaries/limits in case of destructive relationships. 2 Cor. 6:17; Prov. 22:24; Ezra 10:11.
vii. Believers should please God in all their ways. Prov. 16:7.


CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Find out at least seven (7) instructions given to believers in Matt. 5:38-44 as the right attitude to revenge.


SUMMARY: Do not revenge.
CONCLUSION: The scripture enjoins us to live peaceably with all men as much as possible. Rom. 12:18.
EVALUATION: What is retaliation? Why should believers not retaliate?
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, help me to obey your instruction on the issue of revenge/retaliation.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention five reasons believers pray to God to send fire on their enemies

RCCG Sunday School HYMN

  1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    O how I love Thee well,
    I am happy, it makes me glad
    To rejoice at Thy birth.
  2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Thy friendship suits me well,
    Both young and old will sing Thy song,
    We long for Sunday School.
  3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Christ was Thy first teacher,
    The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
    Does manifest in thee.
  4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    This testimony is sure,
    That God, the Father Almighty,
    Poured His blessing on Thee.
  5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Though the sun be so bright,
    Or if the clouds black with rain,
    I’ll be in Sunday School.
  6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    I rejoice to see Thee,
    Will thou pass over me today?
    Without my being blest?

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