Posted by Karah
Read 1 John 4:19-20. Ask yourself:
According to these verses, what is the relationship between God’s love for us and the way we love others? Why is that important?
If you had to write these verses in your own words, what would you say? Jot down your ideas in your journal or in the space below.
How well do you think you live up to these verses? Explain.
What keeps you from fully obeying these verses in your daily life?
You can’t be a follower of Christ and hate the very people He created in His own image. You don’t get to hold grudges. You don’t get to pick and choose who you love and who you don’t. Followers of Jesus are meant to be salt and light to the entire creation, including those who are easy to love and those who aren’t.
It’s easy to love people who are a lot like you—people you understand. It’s not easy to love people you don’t get or really don’t like. Who are the hard-to-love people in your life? Why?
How will you choose to love those people in Jesus’ power this week? List a few concrete steps you’ll take to do so.
“Our sin nature includes a natural preference to a warm huddle of people just like us.” – Ed Stetzer
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