95 Love one another

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from 1 John 4:7.

“I’m glad you are my friend.” Do you ever say that to anyone?

Does anyone ever say that to you?

Think about a good friend at school or church. What makes them so special?

 

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The letter so far…

John had been one of Jesus’ first disciples. He wrote the Gospel of John. Later, as a church leader, he wrote letters to the early Christians. He wanted them to know how important it is to love others. There’s no place for hating other people. Jesus showed his love by giving up his life for us. Sometimes, others will make it difficult for us, but God’s Holy Spirit is powerful and he will help us stay true to Jesus.

Now read 1 John 4:7–21 together.

 

What happened next…

God is love and if we say we are his people, then God’s love should be seen in the way we live: “Love God and love each other!” (v 21 CEV).

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 120 together.

 

Did you know…?

John The letter was probably written by the same John who wrote the Gospel but it’s not certain which was written first.

Who to? The letter is not addressed to a particular church but is written to Christians who are confused about the details of their faith and how to live a Christian life.

 

Try it out

Try this quiz with your Bible Coach. (The answers are at the end.)

 

1     How many times does the word ‘love’ appear in these verses?

2     Check out verse 9. God’s plan is for us to have what?

3     In verse 10, what is real love?

4     What does verse 11 tell us we should do when we love God?

5     Who does verse 12 tell us has seen God?

6     In verse 14, what did God send Jesus to do?

7     In verse 21, what two things does God tell us to do?

8     How many times do the words ‘love each other’ or ‘love one another’ appear in the verses?

Answers: 1: approximately 16 or 17, depending on which Bible version you are using; 2: Life; 3: God’s love for us; 4: Love each other; 5: No one; 6: God sent him to be the Saviour of the world; 7: Love God and love each other; 8: approximately 3 or 4, depending on which Bible version you are using.

 

Now chat about one more question together:

  • What do we need to do about what these verses say?

 

Talk to God

Pray that you can be a loving support for someone in need today.

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