“Love Exemplified”Categories: Friday Firsts
SUNDAY SCRIPTURE READING: Dru McLaughlin
Sunday SONG LEADER: Jason Schofield
TEXT: John 13.1-17
During August, we’re learning what it means to have a servant’s heart. We’re learning from Jesus. How did Jesus practice servanthood everyday of his life on earth? On Sunday, we’ll examine John 13. The chapter begins telling us how Jesus loved His disciples to the end. What does this mean for us? As the story continues, we have one of the greatest examples of Jesus’ condescension. It is almost unparalleled in how it teaches us by example on what it means to love to the end. Here, we learn how love acts.
Jesus left His glory in heaven and came to earth, stooping down to the lowest level to demonstrate true love by washing the feet of his ambition and self-absorbed disciples. One of them was in the process of betraying Him. Despite these facts, Jesus exemplified what it means to love in deed and truth, 1 John 3.18. It’s an incredible lesson. After washing their feet, Jesus commanded them to do the same, John 13.15-16. So must we. How do we teach someone else to love? By loving. If we will do this, we’ll be blessed.
On Sunday, we’ll talk about:
- The background of John 13-17.
- The humility of love.
- Love exemplified in one final act before the cross.
- Love being commanded as a condition of blessing and salvation.
As you prepare for worship this weekend, please ask yourself these questions:
- How is humility connected to love? Can selfish people love?
- How do you define biblical love?
- Why is it so difficult to love selfish people? How can we rise above the situation and love them anyway?
- What can I take away from Peter/Jesus’ conversation in John 13.6-11?
- How can you teach someone else to love? What is the best way?