Title: Better Together In God’s Love
Text: 1 John 4:19-21
Series: Better Together
How do we celebrate our uniqueness and embrace one another‘s differences? Let’s explore how God’s love knits us together and makes us Better Together.
1) God’s Love Enables Us to Love One Another (v.19)
While human love is often conditional, God’s love is unconditional. Without drawing from the source of love, human love is limited and gets exhausted easily. What are the ways believers show love to our neighbours? How different will this love look if we do so without God as the source? When we struggle to love someone in the church, what can we do beside ‘trying harder’? How will you make time in the coming weeks to come before God and spend time with Him? Allow the love of God to enable you to love people who are difficult, people who are different and people who are not easy to love.
2) We Love God by Loving One Another (v.20)
The love of God that is within us will show up in how we relate with others in church. From v.20, if we do not try to reconcile with others, we become a liar. Who do you need to seek reconciliation today? How can mentors and others in LG facilitate reconciliation and release forgiveness on one another? If the Holy Spirit reveals incidents where we may have hurt someone, will you be humble to seek with God’s strength?
3) God Commands Us to Love One Another (v.21)
The word “must” in v.21 highlights the deliberate effort need to obey God’s command. How can we adjust our own preferences as an expression of our love for God and fellow believers? What are you willing to give up in order to start obeying God’s command to love? How can the victory of Jesus on the cross empower believers to overcome differences, bitterness and hurts?