LOVE ONE ANOTHER!

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Session #2: Love One Another!
6:30pm Adult Bible Study
Ice Breaker:

1. Handout 3x5 cards to everyone.

2. Ask them to write out a complete definition of love.
1. A deep, tender, indescribable feeling of affection and care and concern toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness.
4. An intense emotional attachment, as for a pet or treasured object.
6. An expression of one's affection: Send him my love.
2. To have a feeling of intense desire and attraction toward (a person).
Synonyms: love, affection, devotion, fondness, infatuation
These nouns denote feelings of warm personal attachment or strong attraction to another person. Love is the most intense: marrying for love.
Affection is a less ardent and more unvarying feeling of tender regard: parental affection.
Devotion is earnest, affectionate dedication and implies selflessness: teachers admired for their devotion to children.
Fondness is strong liking or affection: a fondness for small animals.
Infatuation is foolish or extravagant attraction, often of short duration: lovers blinded to their differences by their mutual infatuation.
1Co 13:4 Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or
1Co 13:5 rude. Love isn't selfish or quick tempered. It doesn't keep a record of wrongs that others do.
1Co 13:6 Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.
1Co 13:7 Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.
1Co 13:8 Love never fails!

3. Now, boil your understanding of love down to only one word.
CHOICE
4. Have each person share their definition and single word.

Opener:

1. Who was your first “true love” growing up?
Linda Dickerson
2. What was your most romantically fulfilling moment?
Wedding Ceremony – when she accepted me for who I was
I sang her this song during the ceremony
If by Bread
If a picture paints a thousand words,
Then why can't I paint you?
The words will never show the you I've come to know.
If a face could launch a thousand ships,
Then where am I to go?
There's no one home but you,
You're all that's left me too.
And when my love for life is running dry,
You come and pour yourself on me.

If a man could be two places at one time,
I'd be with you.
Tomorrow and today, beside you all the way.
If the world should stop revolving spinning slowly down to die,
I'd spend the end with you.
And when the world was through,
Then one by one the stars would all go out,
Then you and I would simply fly away
Read:
1 John 3:11-21
1Jn 3:11 From the beginning you were told that we must love each other.
1Jn 3:12 Don't be like Cain, who belonged to the devil and murdered his own brother. Why did he murder him? He did it because his brother was good, and he was evil.
1Jn 3:13 My friends, don't be surprised if the people of this world hate you.
1Jn 3:14 Our love for each other proves that we have gone from death to life. But if you don't love each other, you are still under the power of death.
1Jn 3:15 If you hate each other, you are murderers, and we know that murderers do not have eternal life.
1Jn 3:16 We know what love is because Jesus gave his life for us. That's why we must give our lives for each other.
1Jn 3:17 If we have all we need and see one of our own people in need, we must have pity on that person, or else we cannot say we love God.
1Jn 3:18 Children, you show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it.
1Jn 3:19 When we love others, we know that we belong to the truth, and we feel at ease in the presence of God.
1Jn 3:20 But even if we don't feel at ease, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.
1Jn 3:21 Dear friends, if we feel at ease in the presence of God, we will have the courage to come near him.
Explore:

1. How do most people define love?
Intense feelings for someone
2. What is John’s definition of love?
Give our lives for each other
3. What are the results when followers of Jesus truly love others?
We will truly help them in their time of need & not just talk about it
4. How does the cross of Jesus illustrate love?
Jn. 3:16…God so loved that He GAVE…that we as sinners in need might have eternal life
5. What stands out to you about His love?
Unmotivated & universal to all.
Nothing in me was attractive to Him, & He loved me first anyway.
Reflect:

1. What is the best example of love in action you have ever experienced?
Linda lay in the living room floor on a twin size mattress for 6 weeks while I lay in a recliner and recovered from a motorcycle accident. I couldn’t do anything for myself, so she did what was necessary for me.
2. How does it make you feel as you realize that God knows everything about you?
Humble/embarrassed…thankful that He knows “how” to love me (meet the needs I have that nobody else knows about & I would never tell)
Live:

1. How can you consciously practice Jesus-like love this week?
With your friends?
Seek God & study His Word to give my friends insight in how to have a better life.
Your family?
Don’t wait to be told by Linda what needs to be done, keep my eyes open, recognize the needs and be self-motivated enough to do the work to meet those needs.
A person in need?
Determine if it’s real or a scam & meet their need…whether a cup of cold water (fig.) or a swift kick in the pants (fig.)

2. How will this action impact your own need for love?
We are never more like God than when we are “doing” for others. I think God is very satisfied with His life, therefore I will be too.

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