GOD Is – Part 4 – “Love”
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, March 22, 2020
We are always told that God is love. But is He really? And if so, what is the nature of that love?
Life Group Study Guide – From Mar 22
Scripture: John 3:16-17
God is: Love
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1. Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
2. There are many words in the original languages of the bible that are translated today by the English word ‘love’. When we talk about God and His love for us, we are usually using it to express that God cares so much for your well-being that he was not only willing to sacrifice anything he had to for your benefit, but he actually did it. God so loved the world that he gave… (John 3:16-17).
This is not what we typically experience today, and for many of us, our early experience of love in our families casts a long shadow over our understanding of God’s love. Do you find it tough to accept that God loves you unconditionally? What makes it hard to accept?
3. There are many other words in the Bible that express the nuances of God’s love toward us. Pastor Greg talked about a few of them on Sunday (the verses noted here are suggested passages if you want to dig into any of these further).
- God’s love is compassionate – He sees us in our weakness and shares in our pain (see Psalm 103:8-18; Luke 6:35-36)
- God’s love is merciful – He withholds what we deserve (see Isaiah 55:1-7; Colossians 3:12-13)
- God’s love is gracious – He gives what we need but cannot obtain ourselves (Romans 5:6-8; Ephesians 2:4-9)
- God’s love is just – He acts with fairness and legality (see Ezekiel 18:23, 30-32; Ezekiel 33:10-12; John 3:16-19)
- God’s love is stable – His love is consistent and eternal (Hebrews 13:8-9; 2 Corinthians 1:19-20)
Which of these are you most thankful for? Why?
As recipients of this kind of love from God, we are called to reflect His love to others. Which of these do you find the most difficult to put into practice? Why?
4. The God who loves us calls us to:
- Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength
- Love one another as Jesus has loved us
- Love your neighbour as yourself
How can we grow in these today, especially considering the Covid-19 crisis and our experience of self-isolation?
5. How can we help and support one another in doing so?
Jesus said, ‘Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.’ (John 13:34). What can you do today to love others more like Jesus loves you?
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?