WHAT IS LOVE?

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Session #1: What is Love?
6:30pm Adult Bible Study
Ice Breaker:

“The Five Love Languages” is Gary Chapman’s compelling book that poses that every human being receives and expresses love through a particular love language. This is his linguistical love list:

1. Words of Affirmation
2. Quality Time
3. Receiving Gifts
4. Acts of Service
5. Physical Touch

What do you think about this concept? Which one or two love language(s) might you be fluent in? Which language do you most typically utilize to communicate love to the special person or people in your life?

Opener:

What personality trait or strengths did you pick up from your father? Your mother?
Dad – adaptability
Mom- creativity

Read:

1 John 4:7-21
1Jn 4:7 My dear friends, we must love each other. Love comes from God, and when we love each other, it shows that we have been given new life. We are now God's children, and we know him.
1Jn 4:8 God is love, and anyone who doesn't love others has never known him.
1Jn 4:9 God showed his love for us when he sent his only Son into the world to give us life.
1Jn 4:10 Real love isn't our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven.
1Jn 4:11 Dear friends, since God loved us this much, we must love each other.
1Jn 4:12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is truly in our hearts.
1Jn 4:13 God has given us his Spirit. That is how we know that we are one with him, just as he is one with us.
1Jn 4:14 God sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. We saw his Son and are now telling others about him.
1Jn 4:15 God stays one with everyone who openly says that Jesus is the Son of God. That's how we stay one with God
1Jn 4:16 and are sure that God loves us. God is love. If we keep on loving others, we will stay one in our hearts with God, and he will stay one with us.
1Jn 4:17 If we truly love others and live as Christ did in this world, we won't be worried about the day of judgment.
1Jn 4:18 A real love for others will chase those worries away. The thought of being punished is what makes us afraid. It shows that we have not really learned to love.
1Jn 4:19 We love because God loved us first.
1Jn 4:20 But if we say we love God and don't love each other, we are liars. We cannot see God. So how can we love God, if we don't love the people we can see?
1Jn 4:21 The commandment that God has given us is: "Love God and love each other!"

Explore:

1. “Love” is mentioned 27 times in this passage; so what is love?
An attribute of God
2. What models of love do you see here?
a. know God through love
b. see God through love
c. no Fear in Love
d. obedience in Love
3. How can love be suppressed?
a. Don’t know God
b. Not loving one another
c. Be Fearful
d. Hate your brother
4. How can it be made complete or perfect?
a. Love one another
b. let God abide in us
c. have boldness in the day of judgment
5. How has God shown that He is love to you?
Sent His only begotten Son to be the substitute for our sins
Reflect:

1. How in your life has personal fear suppressed God’s love?
When I’m fearful I’m “snappy” and “short” with people instead of loving
2. When has God’s perfect love conquered your fears?
4th grade 1969 in my bed I feared going to Hell and God’s love saved me!
3. What is the connection between God’s love for us and the love we are to have for others?
Verse 11 if God so loved us (sacrificially), we ought to love others the same way
4. Is the love discussed here a feeling or action?
action
5. What does that say about true love?
It is a choice to do action
Live:

1. If you want to become more effective in loving others, what should you do?
Actions speak louder than words. Don’t worry about the “end times”, abide in
Christ.
2. How can you love more sacrificially this week? At home? At school or work? In a difficult relationship? Spell love T-I-M-E

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