LOVE | Week 1: God is...
The Beetles famously sang the words, “all you need is love.” As true as that probably is, it is important to first establish the meaning of love. If, for example, “God is love”, then that is indeed all that we need (1 John 4:8). But, if we take on any of the various worldly definitions as our standard, then we actually need quite a bit more. God, and his love for us, encompasses an enormous amount. A great place to start is by observing the characteristics of Jesus. His life is the complete picture of what love looks like and His sacrificial death is the most complete expression of what love is.
READ 1 JOHN 4:9
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”
READ the passage again and consider these related questions.
Articulate why/how God’s love is so perfectly expressed by sending Jesus.
In what ways do we live through Jesus?
Read 1 John 4:11; 1 Corinthians 13:4a
1. How is God’s love for us an expression of patience and kindness?
2. As we emulate God’s love, describe how patience is passively loving others.
3. Likewise, how is kindness an active of expression of love for others?
Read 1 Corinthians 13:4b-5; 1 John 4:19-21
4. Sometimes love is best expressed by not doing certain things. In what ways is this an indictment of human nature and generally accepted behavior?
5. How do things like envy, pride, arrogance and rudeness prevent us from truly loving others?
6. How is not dwelling on past wrongs a reminder of God’s grace?
7. Describe how love is a call to selflessness. (Philippians 2 may be a helpful reference)