Living Love (Part 4)

2008 Calvary’s Impact Mission Program

Week Four Bible Study

 

 

By now, each of us should be beginning to get a clear view of what God’s Word says that “agape love” looks like in action. 

 

 

Please begin with prayer.

 

Answer the following questions.  They will be discussed at the next mission meeting.

Look 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. In your own words, write what you think each of these means in the terms of a relationship with another person:

To bear with:

 

 

To believe in:

 

 

To hope for:

 

 

To endure with:

 

 

 

 

Please write ways God deals with you personally in each of these areas:

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.

“Bearing With”

Read Psalm 78:37-39 37For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.  38But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.  39For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. How does God bear with you in this verse of scripture?

 

 

 

Read 1 Peter 5:6-8  6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. What does this passage say that we are to do with our cares, and to whom are we suppose to give our cares?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In what ways is God’s pattern of thinking that we see in this passage a model for our relationships with others as we try to show agape love?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read Galatians 6:1-3 1Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.  2Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.  3For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.  As you read this passage, what does it say to you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping in mind that our Lord encourages us to carry one another’s burdens or to “bear-up” with the person their burdens, what does this Scripture say to encourage us to act in this manner?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

“Believe In”

 

At first, this may seem to be a confusing part of this passage.  How is it that we can believe all things? As Paul wrote this, he expected believers in Jesus to see things with “Jesus eyes” and “Jesus thoughts”. As we live agape love out each day, we will be challenged to see others in this manner.  This means we will have to set aside our ways of seeing things, and our way of thinking must change. This is the essence of a transformed Christian life. 

 

Read 1 Corinthians 2:8-10 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  9But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  10But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  What help has God given us as believers the will help us see and hear like our Lord?  While we will spend more time on the power of the Holy Spirit later in this series of Bible studies, for now, please write how the Holy Spirit works in your life.

 

 

Read Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. What did Christ actually believe in? (See John 2:4, 7:6, 7:30, 8:20)

 

Why did Jesus believe in this? (See Matthew 18:13-15, John 10:27-29)

 

 

Did Jesus believe in people? Why? 

 

 

Can you think of a situation that is conveyed in Scripture that shows how much Jesus believed in people?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read 1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.. In what ways is Jesus’ belief in people different hat what how we believe in people?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How did Jesus respond to those around Him even though He saw them for who they really are? (Think of Peter at the Passion) This is a true model to live!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our response to others should always be profoundly shaped and impacted by our belief and confidence in all things regarding Christ and His Father. This should be so true that it allows us to see beyond our own sin and brokenness with compassion for others.  It is only with the Holy Spirit’s power that this can occur.

 

 

“Hope in”

 

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 are some of the things that you think that many people hope for each day as they live?

 

 

 

 

 

Read:

Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD

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Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;

Psalm 33:22 Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

Psalm 38:15For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

Psalm 39:7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

Psalm 71:5 For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.

Psalm 119:166 LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.

Psalm 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope

Based on the above verses, who is our hope? List six things that we know from these verses about our relationship with God based on having hope in Him.

 

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Our faith in Christ is full of hope. After each of the following passages, write what we hope is expressed in that passage.

1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

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Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

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Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

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As Christians, we have so much to hope for now and in the future. These things are promised by God Himself!

Based on the following verse, how should these promises of God impact our relationships as we show agape love?

 Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

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Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Where does our boldness in Christ as it relates to relationships with others come from?

“Endures All”

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.

 

Sometimes loving people can be very hard. If we try in own strength, we can do it for a little while, but then it becomes to much to continue.  In God’s pursuit of a relationship with you, how much has He had to endure?  Make a list of those things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hebrews 12:1-3 (The Message) 1-3Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves lagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! Considering the of Christ endurance in pursuit of a relationship with you and the hope we have in Him, can you find the strength to continue in difficult relationships for the glory and honor of Christ, agape love exemplified?  Why? How?

 

 

 

 

 

See what the Word says about those that endure for Christ.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

1 Corinthians 9:23-25 23And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.  24Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.  25And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

From these verses, list at least three benefits of enduring in reflecting the agape love of Jesus to others.

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Perspective and Agape Love

 

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.

 

 

We began his study by stating that this verse is confusing because of the words “all things”.  We saw that Paul was writing to Christians who he expected to put Christ ahead of personal views. This is in fact a key factor in our battle to live agape love. We must be ourselves and those around us from God’s perspective as much as we can on this side of eternity. The Word states that we can not do this perfectly unless the Holy Spirit is helping us.  When we see our Lord after we die, we will be able to see perfectly our Lord and all His promises. Until then, we must “get past ourselves” with the help of the Holy Spirit run the race everyday and in every relationship for Jesus. The following verse should encourage our hearts.

Hebrews 12 1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Answer these questions:

What must we lay aside?  W _ _ g _ _ and S _ _

What are these things in your life?

 

 

 

Why does this say that it is easy for us to have these things impact our testimony for Jesus?

 

 

What race are we running?

 

 

How are we to run the race? With P _ T _ _ _ _ _

 

What do you think that “Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith” means?

 

 

For whom did Jesus endure the Cross?

 

Why was this shame to Jesus?

 

Why was Jesus willing to go to the cross?

 

 

Who is in charge of all things including our very lives?

 

 

Write why you love Jesus and want to reflect that love to others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please pray and ask God to help you see the areas in your walk with Him in which you must change perspective so you can show agape love to others.

 

Remember: Live Love!

 

 

Written by: John R. Wallace, Jr. for the 2008 Calvary Impact Mission Program