The true test of our walk with the Lord can be seen in how we treat others. There is also nothing more difficult in ministry than dealing with others.  Luke 10:27 commands that “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” How do we accomplish this? How do we love others with the love He has shown us? In this lesson, we will see:

  • Love is reflective
  • Love is a responsibility
  • Love is not always reciprocated

Love is reflective

We must first understand God’s love to know how to love and reflect His love to others Ephesians 5:1-2

1. God is love 1John 4:8, 16, 2Corinthians 13:11

2. God teaches us love 1John 4:19, 1Thessalonians 4:9, Ephesians 5:25, Galatians 2:20

3. God’s love is refined in us and then reflected to others Galatians 5:22, 1Corinthians 8:3, 2Corinthians 5:14-20, John 15:9, 12

Love is a responsibility

We are commanded to love one another and others with the love of Christ John 15:12, 17, 1Thessalonians 3:12 

1. Love is an action and a choice - not just an emotion or feeling Romans 12:10, 13, Romans 13:8, 2Corinthians 8: 18, 24, Galatians 5:13, Philemon 1:5, 7

2. Love must be sincere 2Corinthians 6:4-6, 1Timothy 1:5, Romans 12:9

3. Love cannot be selective or restrictive 1Thessalonians 3:12, Philippians 2:1-5, John 3:16, James 2:8-9

4. Love is seen in HOW we respond and minister to others 1Corinthians 13:1-7, Ephesians 4:2, 15, 1John 3:18

Love is not always reciprocated

We should be the first to love others, even if our love is not returned 1John 4:19

1. The Lord led by example in this regard Romans 5:8, 1John 3:16, Philippians 2:5-7

2. Love is bearing burdens that might not be borne for you Galatians 6:2, 5, 2Corinthians 12:15,  1Corinthians 6:6-8

3. This type of sacrificial love requires dying to self and submitting to the Spirit Colossians 1:11, Colossians 3:12-15, Galatians 5:22, 1Timothy 1:16


Digging Deeper – Learning more about Loving Others

Charity is often mis-defined by both Christians and the lost. It is a more profound display of love that Christ first showed us. It is love in action, a love that originates in the love of Christ and always reflects outwardly to others. In 1 Corinthians 13, we have a famous passage regarding charity which is often used in weddings and other ceremonies to express the love between a man and woman. How can we apply 1Corinthians 13:7 practically to others?

1. “Beareth all things” –

2. “Believeth all things” –

3. “Hopeth all things” –

4. “Endureth all things” –

Meditating on the Word:

But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you:

for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia:

but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;
1 Thessalonians 4:9-10