Motivated – Part 1: Love

Motivated – Part 1: Love

Motivated – Part 1
May 28-29, 2022

Memory Verse: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22–23 (p.893)

“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.” Galatians 5:19–21a (p.893)

  • I Am Motivated To Live In Love.

“‘Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?’”
Matthew 22:36 (p.753)

  1. Vertically

“Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38 (p.753)

“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5 (p.144)

  1. Horizontally

“A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:39-40 (p.753)

“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:18 (p.95)

“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)

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16 (p.942)

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16–17 (p.810)

My Next Step This Week:

_____ Every day I will read the Daily Reading, “Love,” (Adult, Youth, or Kids Edition) and ask God to help me love Him and love others.

Discussion/Groups Guide
May 21-22, 2022
Victory, Part 5
“God’s Power”

Life Groups use this guide for discussion and. Use this also as a discussion guide with your family and friends.  Find out more:

Conversation Starters

  • Do you have a garden? If so, do you have a green thumb which helps you achieve great success in your efforts? Did this skill come naturally, or have you done lots of study and work to experience your success?
  • When has a loving act or words by someone turned you towards God?
  • How does what I think about affect the way I love?

Quick Review

Looking back at your Weekend Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out to you, challenged you, or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and Bible verses from the Talk Notes.

Our One Thing: I am motivated to live in love.

  • What does it mean to be motivated? When have you been motivated? When do you struggle to be motivated? How is motivation different for a Follower of Jesus?

Series Memory Verse: Galatians 5:22–23 (p.893).

  • See also Galatians 5:19-20 (p.893) for a stark contrast to what the Holy spirit produces in the life of a Follower of Jesus.
  • Do you have any general thoughts about this whole idea of Holy Spirit fruit?

One Voice Bible Story Background: Matthew 22:36-40 (p.753); Luke 23-24 (p.806); Romans 5:6-11 (p.863).

  • How does Paul describe God’s love in Romans 5? What different ways does Paul describe what Jesus did for us?
  • What does love look like in your life? Does it look like caring for others, just like God does? Does it mean being compassionate and forgiving, and having strong relationships with others? Does it mean doing what is right, even when it’s not easy?

This week our discussion focuses on the following applications for us to live motivated to love:

  1. Vertically. Matthew 22:37-38 (p.753); Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (p.144)
    • What does it mean to you to love God? How do you love God? Does God need our love?
    • Jesus spoke of obedience as the way we love Him (John 14:14, 21 (p.823)). Why does He connect obedience with love?
    • Deuteronomy 6:4 commands all of Israel. How can we, as a church, help each other live out this commandment to love God?
    • Worship is often described as a “vertical” exercise, in that we are looking up to God. What helps you worship? How does worship of God affect our ability to love God?
  2. Horizontally. Matthew 22:39 (p.753); Leviticus 19:18 (p.95).
    • Is it more difficult for you to love God (vertical) or love people (horizontal)?
    • Have you been loved when you thought of yourself as unlovable? Have you loved the unlovable?
    • Are you a more loving person since becoming a Follower of Jesus?
    • Read 1 John 3:16 (p.942) and John 3:16-17 (p.810). Put the two together and you have the Great Commandment to love God and love people. How does loving God affect how we love people? And the how does loving people affect how we love God? Why is it a both/and, and not an either/or?

Digging Deeper

Consider what Paul writes in Romans 12:19-21 (p.866). Compare it with Leviticus 19:11 (p.95).

  • Why do you think Paul is advising the Romans (and us) to let God deal with our enemies?
  • Should we feed and water our enemies when they are hungry and thirsty? What does v21 mean? How do you “conquer evil?”

Remember Jesus’ Great Commission from Matthew 28:19-20 (p.760).

  • Going and making disciples doesn’t mean to only do this with people we like or our friends, etc.  It means everyone. Pray through these verses and ask God to help you live this out.

Read Matthew 25:34-40 (p.756-7). Jesus came for everyone. We should treat everyone with respect and love – not judgment or anger.

  • Why do you think this is so difficult?
  • Is there someone/people whom you are struggling to forgive, let alone love?  Pray for them and ask for others to pray for them and you as you seek to love and serve them.

My Next Step This Week:
___ Every day I will read the Daily Reading, “Love,” (Adult, Youth, or Kids Edition) and ask God to help me love Him and love others.

Life Transformation Bible Daily Reading this Week: Love (p.A52-53)