“Love as You Have Been Loved” – Matthew 5:43-48
More than a feeling
Not all loves are created equal.
The fact that love has to be commanded should make us aware that it will be difficult.
Reflecting God’s love
Sacrificial love will remind us we can’t give away what we don’t have.
What makes God’s love unique is the fact that it has no conditions, exceptions or stipulations.
1 John 4:10
Prepare to be amazed
Loving the unlovable/unloved will open your eyes to how God has loved you.
Expect to be amazed by the redemptive power of sacrificial love.
1. What are some of the ways you think the world (songs, movies, poems, etc) has contributed to our misunderstanding of God’s command that we love one another as he has loved us?
2. Why do you think the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) is such a powerful way to illustrate God’s love?
3. How have you experienced what you would describe as unconditional/sacrificial love?
4. Reflect on a time when you think you showed unconditional/sacrificial love to someone else. How did you feel afterwards? What if any changes did you see in the other person?
5. What do you think might have been going through the mind of the Samaritan as he watched the priest and Levite pass by only to be helped by a person of a different race and faith?
6. What do you think was going through the mind of the Samaritan as he stopped to offer real assistance?
7. Where in your life do you need to hear God’s “command” to love?