17. Love

In Your Bible Read This

Ephesians 5, 21-6.9.

Here Is Your Memory Verse

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13.35.

Afterwards Talk About This

Which love language do you understand best? Probably everyone is different!

Something To Do Before Next Time

Find out by looking, listening and asking which love language people you know respond to – spouses, friends, parents. Do or say something to fill their lives with the kind of love they understand best!

Written Diploma Work

If you were a pastor how could you make sure that the five love languages were all being spoken to your people. In what ways could you 'speak' to them? Write two pages.

Meditate Word By Word On This Verse

Ephesians 4.26

Spend a Minute to Change the World

Pray For Hungary – 11,000,000 Eastern Europeans. Past revivals needed again, 62% RC, 25% Protestants.

Be sure to teach this lesson to others. Always pray and prepare well adding your own verses and stories to bring it to life.

Learn to put aside your own desires so that you will become patient and godly, gladly letting God have his way with you. This will make possible the next step, which is for you to enjoy other people and to like them and finally you will grow to love them deeply. 2 Peter 1, 6-8, The Living Bible.

In 1 Corinthians 13.1-13 Paul perfectly describes real love, that is love in action for the glory of God not the mere warm mushy feeling as we see in films today.

It's Love That Makes Us Special!

God does not just have love or give love, he is actually totally love by nature, personality and very being. As his family we are distinguished from all other people by his presence amongst us and by his loving nature expressed through us into a world where people generally only love themselves and their nearest and dearest.

It's Love Or Nothing

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13.1-2.

Who Shall We Love?

  • God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • Our neighbour as ourselves.
  • Our own self.
  • Our marriage partners.
  • Our brothers and sisters in church
  • Our parents. Eph 6.2, 1 Tim 5.4
  • Our ministers, 1 Thes 5.13
  • Our countrymen. Romans 9.3, 10.1
  • Visitors. Lev. 19.34; De 10.19
  • Even our enemies. Matthew 5.44
  • And all men everywhere. Gal 6.10

How Can We Love All These People?

Thankfully we have all the help we need because Paul tells us that God pours out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us. We can only love like this with his love, because our own love, even at its hottest, will never be sufficient. Romans 5.5.

First Of All We Want To Love God

In Mark 12.30, Jesus says that the most important command of all is to love the Lord our God and here is how.

With All Our Heart Or Spirit, which is the very centre of life itself.

With All Our Soul, where our desires and feelings are.

With All Our Mind, our understanding and imagination.

With All Our Strength, our ability, force and physical might.

Loving God Means Loving Neighbours

The second command is like it. 'Love your neighbour as yourself.' Mark 12.31. In just the same way as we look after and provide for ourselves we should care for our neighbours.

Is It The Man Who Lives Next Door?

According to the word Jesus used he meant any other man irrespective of nation or religion with whom we live or whom we chance to meet. Read the story of what happened on the Jericho Road in Luke 10.25-37.

Loving God Means Loving Yourself

Jesus said you should but how hard that is for some people who feel that they have never been loved as children. Perhaps they were dearly loved but they just didn't feel it. If you don't think much of yourself try looking at yourself again from above, from God's point of view. Here is how much God loves you, enough to send his Son to die for you so you could be in his loving embrace forever.

  • He has blessed you.
  • He has chosen you.
  • He loves you.
  • He has accepted and adopted you.
  • He has paid a very high price for you.
  • He has forgiven you.
  • He has given you the riches of his grace, wisdom, understanding and knowledge, and his Holy Spirit as well.

    Ephesians 1, 3-14

Yes, you are unworthy but you do have great worth in the eyes of God. Knowing that God loves you that much, helps you to love yourself. You are that important.

And Our Marriage Partners

Husbands must love their wives and the women may be trained to love their husbands. Ephesians 5.25, Titus 2.4.

What Love 'Language' Do You Speak?

Did you know that husbands and wives have different love needs, and respond to different love 'languages'? If a wife doesn't hear her language that's when she feels unloved even though it may not be the case. Same for men. If you know the language that your spouse understands best then speak it often.

Here Are The Five Love 'Languages':

  • Affirming words – spoken very often.
  • Quality time – longed for by many.
  • Receiving gifts – says so much to some.
  • Acts of service – demonstrate your love.
  • Physical touch – needed often by some.

And Loving The Brothers

Read your powerful John 13.35 memory verse again. Hebrews 13.1, 1 John 4.7.

Don't Give The Devil A Foothold

Differences will always arise among thinking people but don't let the devil take advantage. Always make peace before the sun goes down, Eph. 4.26. God has even given us a simple way of resolving conflicts and sins without causing a scandal. In the reconciliation of Matthew 18, 15-18 God's goal is always to limit the spread of the knowledge of sin and to win your brother, not to score points against him.

To Close Pray for the World's Most Unreached Peoples by Name

Taken from the Joshua Project Unreached Peoples List these people have no church and as yet no cell, church or mission has committed themselves to prayer, adoption or church planting among this people.

Iran

People Name Language Population
Punjabi Panjabi, Eastern 24,000
Shikaki Shikaki 24,000
Tat, Mussulman Tat, Mussulman 31,000
Urdu Speakers (Islami, Undri) Urdu 60,000
Vafsi Vafsi 18,000
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