By Design – Part 1: Love Others

By Design – Part 1: Love Others

Luke 6:27-36

Series Memory Verse: “Do to others as you would like them to do to you.” Luke 6:31 (p.786)

  • God Designed Me To Love Others. 
  1. Love your enemies

“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”   Luke 6:27-31 (p.786)

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”  Romans 5:8 (p.860)

  1. Do good to them. 

“If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.”  Luke 6:32-34 (p.786)

“As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good.”  2 Thessalonians 3:13 (p.909)

  1. Lend to them. 

“Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.”   Luke 6:35-36 (p.786)

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”  John 13:34-35 (p.823)

My Next Step This Week:

_____ I will pray daily over that one person who is the hardest to love in my life and find one way to serve them.


Small Group Questions – Week 1

One Thing: God Designed Me To Love Others.

Key Verse: “Do to others as you would like them to do to you.” 
Luke 6:31 (p.786)

Bible References: Luke 6:27-36 (p.786)

CONVERSATION STARTER

// What was the greatest act of love that you experienced or witnessed? Why is that something that you remember? 

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

Luke 6:27-36 talks about love. Our passage for today dives into the way in which love was viewed in Jesus’ time. The original word for love that is used in this passage is the Greek word, Agape. In the Greek language, which was the language the New Testament was originally written, there were many different words for love that expressed a family type of love or even romantic types of love. Here Jesus implies believers will model their understanding of love off of God’s love for us. Agape is an interesting word because it gets its definition from its source, which means we get our understanding of what love is directly from Jesus.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

// Read Luke 6:27 (p.786). In this passage Jesus calls all believers to love your enemies.

  • What “enemy” do you think Jesus is talking about here?
  • Who is someone in your life that is difficult to love?

// Read John 13:34-35 (p.823). Here Jesus states that the world will know that we are followers of Jesus by the way we love one another.

  • What does it mean to love like Jesus loves? 
  • How can you practically love like Jesus in your daily life? 

// Read Luke 6:32-34 (p.786).  Jesus wants us to do good to one another. 

  • What does doing good to someone look like in your life? Think of that person who is hard to love. 
  • How can we love someone when we believe they need to be punished?

// Read 2 Peter 1:3-4 (p.938). This passage states that God has given us all that we need in this life.

  • What does it cost us to love others? 
  • Does God put limits on His love for us? 

// Read Luke 6:35-36 (p.786). Jesus wants us to lend to others.

  • Who is someone in your life that you could lend your time, money, patience, or love to? 
  • Did someone lend you something without expecting anything in return?

NEXT STEP

____ I will pray daily over that one person who is the hardest to love in my life and find one way to serve them.

DIGGING DEEPER

Read Matthew 5:43-48 (p.737). This is a retelling of Luke 6:27-35. While you read Matthew, write down the differences and similarities in each passage. Each section describes just how radically different God’s love for us is, and challenges us to not make the mistake of looking to this world for our definition and standard of love but to look to Jesus to understand what love truly is. 

Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (p.878). This passage clearly defines what love is and is not. How can you take this definition of love and apply it to your life? 

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