School of Love | Praying Your Disappointments | Courtney Grager

1 John 5:13-18

February 26, 2017

Review:  Did you bring before God in prayer those who are hard for you to love?  What could you do to make someone different from you feel comfortable in our church family?

 

Introduction:  This is the last week of our seven week sermons entitled “The School of Love”.  We are seeing what we are able to learn about love from the words of the apostle dubbed ‘The Apostle of Love”.  We are hoping to learn how we might live in intentional community designed to retrain our hearts in gospel love.

This week’s text examines how our love is able to hold up under assault from the evil in the world.  Does the gospel promise us the means to love even in the face of disappointment?

Pray:  Lord, you continue to faithfully love us regardless of our ability or willingness to respond to your love or to love you in return.  Open our hearts and minds to your word and help us to understand what you have for each of us today.    Amen.

Read: 1 John 5:13-18

Discussion:

  1.  What does John want you to know as a believer in Christ?
  2.  How does this help you when you are disappointed by people or circumstances?
  3. What confidence does John say you have?  (See also 1 John 2:28 and 1 John 3:21-24)  How do your thoughts or actions reflect (or not reflect) John’s assertions.
  4. Who do you know that is acting in a way that is harmful to themselves or others – even to you?  What will you pray for them? (See James 5:14-16)
  5. How can you know how to pray in God’s will?  How might the Holy Spirit guide you in what to pray? (See Romans 8:26-27)

Application:  Write down the name of one of the people you thought of in answer to question 4.  Pray for that person each day.  Be prepared to share with your group any results you see in yourself or the person for whom you have been praying.

Pray:  Lord, thank you that you demonstrated with word and action the ability to love even your enemies.  Thank you that while we were still your enemies, you died for us.  Thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit who allows us to pray even when we don’t know what to say or even how to go about it.  Enable us Lord to pray faithfully this week for one another and the others in our lives.  Amen.

 

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