1 John | Day Seven
By: Callie Clayton | 1 John 3:11-24 | Love One Another
Do you find yourself using the word “love” often? Think of the things you love. It may range anywhere from your friends, sports, Chick-Fil-A, naps, movies, weekends, fall weather, or Christmas. You may even be willing to say you love your family (even though they drive you crazy sometimes!)
But loving people is usually harder than loving food or activities, isn’t it? However, the way we love people is in reflected in the way we treat them, and that, friends, is one of the clearest marks of a Christian.
Who is difficult to for you to love right now?
What is the most loving thing someone has ever done for you?
Would you say your school is filled with more love or hate? Why?
Read 1 John 3:11-13.
It’s interesting for John to bring up the story of Cain and Abel as an illustration of , God’s command for His people to love one another. (If you want to read the full story, check it out in Genesis 4:1-11!)
Why do you think love is so important to God?
Read 1 John 3:14-17.
Why is hatred considered murder in verse 15? (See Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:21-30.)
According to verse 16, how have you experienced God’s love and how should that affect your relationships?
Rewrite verse 17 in your own words.
Have you ever “closed your heart” to someone in need? Why?
Sometimes I think we don’t even realize our actions are considered unloving because we are wrapped up in our own lives. Or we know our actions are unkind, but we are operating out of a place of hurt and do it anyways. This usually happens when we’re moving through life on our strength;when we’re not relying on the Lord or even giving a thought to what He has done for us. Can you truly show love to everyone without drawing on the strength that comes from recognizing how much God loves you? According to John, we can’t.
Read 1 John 3:18-24.
What’s the difference between loving someone with your words and loving them with your actions? Which one is more meaningful?
Can you think of any other verses that are similar to 1 John 3:23?
You can read Matthew 22:36-39 to see Jesus answer a man who asked what was the greatest commandment. In verse 24, what does keeping that command prove?
The way we treat others matters to God. We have been shown a love so deep in the sacrifice of Jesus. If we have truly given our life to Him, if we have accepted the love of Christ, then how could we not show that love to others? God is the definition of love and Jesus loved you and I so much He willingly died for us. If we’re going to follow Him and attempt to live a life that honors Him, it has to start with the way we love other people. Our world is so full of hate. We will stand out as a believer of Jesus if we are able to show love to everyone.
Pray and ask God to give you the strength and desire to love those around you that are hard to love. Ask for wisdom and direction to know how you can best show Christ’s love. Thank God for loving you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus to rescue you and forgive you!