It is a privilege—and a responsibility—of Christians to understand as fully as possible the distinctive love that God brings for us to emulate. If we’re truly going to understand what this love is like, in all its facets, we’re going to have to apply it to our own life situations.
Copy the scenarios below on a sheet of paper (or, on computer, copy and paste), leaving space for written responses to each of the questions, being honest with yourself about your own life. This is an activity you may want to share with others in your Bible study group later.
- You are having a conversation with someone on a random topic, and it becomes clear that he or she is interested in spiritual things. You share your beliefs. He or she politely but firmly asks you probing questions for which you don’t have ready answers. How do you respond?
- Someone is spreading wild and destructive rumors about you at church, school, or work. As a result, you lose an opportunity for something you really wanted. You discover the source of the rumors. How do you handle this situation?
- You are a leader of a ministry at your church. You suspect that one of your volunteers is engaged in clearly improper or inappropriate— possibly illegal or immoral—behavior that bears directly on their role in the ministry. Your suspicions are correct. How do you confront this person?
- There he is at the same intersection every day on your route to work. His sign says, “Homeless, hungry, God bless.” You avoid making eye contact as he walks past and hope he doesn’t notice the fish symbol on your car that marks you as a caring Christian person. He asks you for money. What do you say and/or do?*