From the Genesis creation story to Revelation’s prophecies, God’s love for us is evident. Having received such great love ourselves, we can’t help showing love to others!
Scripture Focus: Isaiah 53; Matthew 22:37-39; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 John 3; 4
Learning more and more about God brings learning about a new kind of love, the love He introduced into the universe and how this remarkable kind of love transforms us. From the Genesis creation story to Revelation’s prophecies, God’s love for us is evident. Having received such great love ourselves, we can’t help showing love to others!
Think of a time when the awareness of God’s love for you caused you to love someone else in return. Perhaps you forgave someone, encouraged someone, etc.
Can God’s love be seen clearly throughout the Bible—in spite of the stories that may cause us to question? Is God’s love steady and dependable? How does the realization of God’s love cause us to act toward others?
In this exercise, you may choose more than one response for each question:
Read Genesis 1:26-31; 3:11-13. Was it loving on God’s part to create man and woman, knowing that they would sin and cause us all to live with the consequences?
- It doesn’t appear loving because God knew the pain that creating this world would cause.
- God created the world sinless and Adam and Eve were given the power of choice.
- Humans should have been given the choice to be a part of a world that could have become imperfect.
- A loving God doesn’t create obedient robots, but people of free choice.
- Although God knew the end result, a way out was planned through the death of Jesus.
Read John 3:16; 14:15-18; 2 Peter 3:13. What loving solution did God provide for humanity’s sinful choice?
- God gave the gift of Jesus, God’s Son, to die in our place.
- Out of love, the Son volunteered to take the death penalty.
- After returning to heaven, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit so that we would not be left alone.
- It is unfair that we must live with the consequences of a sin that we didn’t commit.
- God has promised a new heaven and earth where sin can never enter.
Read 1 John 3:1-3. How is God’s love expressed toward the end of the Bible?
- God’s love for us is lavish, extravagant, and openhanded.
- God must have made a mistake if things couldn’t have remained perfect from the beginning.
- The Father loves us so much that we are called His children.
- God’s love will send Jesus back to get us one day for the great rescue.
- Someday, we will be pure like God.
Read Philippians 2:5-8. Since we have been given an abundance of love, how should we treat our family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, strangers, etc?
- Our attitude should be like that of Jesus—no room for pride or selfishness.
- We need to be aggressive; too many Christians come across as weak.
- We need to be humble, not thinking of ourselves as better than others.
- Our attitudes and actions toward others should be that of a servant.
- We need to be obedient to God’s will—just as Jesus was—even to the point of death.*