What I Should Be Putting On: Love
Colossians 3:14 (ESV)
14And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
1. We defined love as the selfless giving of yourself for someone else’s true benefit.
a. Are you satisfied with that definition?
b. If not, how would you define love?
c. How do the following passages help define love?
i. John 3:16
ii. Galatians 2:20
iii. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8
2. What other passages of Scripture seem to make “love” the most important character quality the believer can put on?
3. Instead of trying to love groups of people who are categorized according to race, gender, social status, etc., how helpful is it to see individual people as in need of your love in tangible, tactful ways?
4. What makes it so difficult at times to love people who are of a different race, gender, social status, etc.? How would intentional work on your part at loving other individuals who are different help heal some of the divide that is now separating our country, churches, etc.?
5. How does love bind all the other qualities together that are listed in this passage?
a. Is it possible to have the other qualities without having love?
b. It is possible to have love without having the other qualities?
6. Spend some time talking about how you can love individual people better:
a. In your church family
b. In your home
c. In your common society/state – i.e., community, workplace, schools, neighbors, social events, friendships, etc.