Living Love (Part 3)
2008 Calvary Impact’s
Week Three Bible Study
We have been working our way through what “agape love” looks like according to Paul in 1 Corinthians 13. This week will continue this process as the Holy Spirit guides us through Scripture. By understanding this picture of Agape love, we then know better how to pray for the Lord’s help in living it out each day. The more we live it out, the more others will see Christ in us and be drawn to Him.
While this study is being prepared for the 2008 Calvary Impact Mission trips, the refining of agape love in our life will allow everyday of our lives to be a mission trip as we, “Let our light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.’ (Matthew 5:16)
Please begin with prayer.
Answer the following questions. They will be discussed at the next mission meeting.
Please read: 1 Corinthians 13:5 (Love) Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; what does the word “provoked” mean?
According to one author, the word “easily” is no in the original Greek manuscripts. This means that this should read, “is not provoked.” Please think about the four types of love that we discussed in the first Bible study in this series. Please decide if each type of love can be provoked and why?
Philio- (brotherly love)-
Eros- (physical love)
Storgi- (you do for me and I will do for you)-
Agape- (pure love for the sake of love that expects nothing in return)
What makes you become provoked and why?
Take the situation that you just described and think about how Jesus would handle the situation. WWJD and why?
1 Corinthians 13:5 (Love) Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; What is thinking evil about someone?
Based on your experience, in what ways can people think evil of each other?
What can sometimes be the main root of thinking evil about another person?
How is trust linked to “thinketh no evil”?
As Christians we should believe that God knows all things and is in control of all things. Is there a link between us not trusting others and our faith in the Lord being in control?
Read: Psalm 139:17-How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If David perceived God’s thoughts toward him were precious, what kind of thoughts was God having toward David?
Read: Jeremiah 29:11-11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Can we use these thoughts of God as a model for the way we view others? How?
Read- Philippians 4:8-Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Using this verse, can you think of things that can replace evil thoughts about an individual with whom you are having a personal struggle? Make a list.
How can you make thinking in this way a habit? What things can you do to help you develop this pattern of thinking?
What benefits do you gain by thinking in this way about others rather than thinking “evil” thoughts?
1 Corinthians 13:6-7- Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. What does “iniquity” mean?
Have you ever been glad to see someone end up in trouble? Why?
Please read- 1 John 3 1:2 (The Message) What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we're called children of God! That's who we really are. But that's also why the world doesn't recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he's up to. But friends, that's exactly who we are: children of God. Have you ever stopped to think that sinning against another person, and being happy when someone has troubles is sin, we are actually sinning against someone whom God loves? How does this fact change how we view our sins against others?
In what ways does our rejoicing in another person’s struggles cause us to have a bad testimony for Jesus?
Look back at 1 Corinthians 13:6-7- Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Rather than being happy when someone else struggles, what does this Scripture tell us we should rejoice in?
What is truth and where does it come from?
Name five things flow from God’s Word which is truth?
Are these things good or bad? As we rejoice in goodness God’s perfect Truth which was written for us, His children, is there really room for being glad about another person’s problems? Why or why not?
What words can we speak or convey to the person rather than the ugliness of rejoicing in their difficult situation that will encourage them and be a positive testimony for the Lord? HINT: G _ D’ _ P R _ M _ _ E _
How will this honor the Lord?
What can you do to help remind yourself to maintain this perspective?
Please think of the last person for whom you rejoiced about a bad situation that had occurred in their life. What words of life could you have spoken to them hat would have encouraged them and brought glory to God?
List three key points from this Bible study that you think are important enough to act upon, that is, with God’s help, to change how you respond to others. Beside each point, write practical things that you can do, knowing that the Holy Spirit will need to strengthen you in the process.
Please pray and ask the Lord to help you to live His agape love by showing you areas in your walk with Him that need your attention and His Spirit’s touch.
Remember: Live Love!
Written by: John R. Wallace, Jr. for the 2008 Calvary Impact