Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 4 – Love (Luke 6:31)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 4 – Love (Luke 6:31)

LESSON: LOVE

Memory Verse:

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” – Luke 6:31

 Lesson Presentation:

  1.  This verse is known by many as the “golden rule.” It is also found in Matthew 7:12, where Jesus says it “sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Nearly every major religion has their own version of this rule but many are stated NEGATIVELY, such as:
    1. Confucianism – “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.”
    2. Hinduism – ‘This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.”
  2. Zoroastrianism – “Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.”
  3. This basically tells us that even if we have different cultures and backgrounds, people from all over the world have a common belief that it is not right to harm anyone else. Actually, when we think about it, even the ten commandments also tell us to do the same thing: to AVOID CAUSING HARM OR PAIN to others by not stealing, killing, breaking promises, coveting and lying.
  4. But Jesus showed us a better way, for as He said, he did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill them (Matthew 5:17). Jesus made it clear to us that we should go to the heart of the matter— and it is not about DOING NO HARM, but ACTIVELY DOING GOOD for others that God requires from us.
  5. This means that we do not simply get out of the way of others and let them be, trying our best to avoid hurting them in any way. Jesus is telling us what we should be doing is to think of ways to help others and actually DO these good deeds as we would want others to do for us.
  6. It means that WE DO NOT WAIT until someone does something good to us before we return the favor. It means we do good for people around us regardless of whether they are able to return the favor or not, because to be honest, we also don’t like it if whenever somebody does something good for us, they would expect and sometimes even demand that we do something good for them in return. Examples:
  7. Sacrificing what we want so that others may have what they need like not buying a new dress so we can give to the poor.
  8. Helping mom or dad with chores at home even if we would rather play.
  9. Offering a helping hand to someone in need, even if person has not been nice to us in the past.
  10. Now this is what LOVING OTHERS really means, because LOVE SEEKS TO BLESS OTHERS and DOES NOT ASK FOR ANYTHING IN RETURN.  For this is the kind of love that we received from God, and if we are connected to that love, then this is the kind of love that we will have for others. It’s not just about DOING NO HARM, but instead, BEING A BLESSING! Be a blessing to someone today!
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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 2 – Love (Matthew 22:37-39)

Memory Verse:

“Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”– Matthew 22:37-39

Lesson Presentation:

  1. God gave Moses two tablets containing the Ten Commandments in Mt. Sinai.
  2. The Israelites have tried to keep theses commandments from that time until the time of Jesus. But no one could really obey these commandments completely.
  3. Jesus summarized the commandments into only two: LOVE GOD and LOVE OTHERS.
  4. When we LOVE GOD, then we:

1st Commandment:              Put God first

2nd Commandment:             Have no idols

3rd Commandment:            Will not misuse God’s name

4th Commandment:             Keep the Sabbath holy through worship and rest

5.    When we LOVE OTHERS, then we:

5th Commandment:             Honor our father and mother

6th Commandment:             Don’t kill or hurt others

7th Commandment:             Don’t commit adultery

8th Commandment:             Don’t steal

9th Commandment:             Don’t lie (bear false witness)

10th Commandment:           Don’t covet (envy)

6.  Jesus made it clear that what God wants from us is not to simply obey out of obligation or fear, but we do what God wants because we first have LOVE in our hearts.

7.  When our hearts are guided by the LOVE of GOD, then good things follow. We don’t even have to think very hard about obeying the Ten Commandments. When we LOVE GOD, we instinctively do what is right and seek to do things that please God. When we LOVE OTHERS, we also seek to do good to others and not cause them any harm.

8.  Pray for each other for God to send the Holy Spirit to each of us so that we may always be guided by God’s love in all we say, think or do.

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 2 – Love (Matthew 22:37-39)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 1 – Love (John 3:16)

Memory Verse:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

Lesson Presentation:

  1. Write the verse on the blackboard and have the students read it.
  2. Ask the students what they think the verse means.
  3. Discuss the following key words from the verse:
    1. God loved – God did what he did because of his great love.
    2. The world – This means ALL of us.
    3. He gave – God showed his love by giving us his very best – his own Son.
    4. Whoever believes – What we need to do is believe – have FAITH in Jesus
    5. Not perish – There is a real place called hell which is reserved for people who reject God’s Son and choose to live a life away from God.
    6. Eternal life – God has prepared a special place for those who believe in Him where there will be no more tears, pain or suffering … this wonderful place is called heaven.
  4. Substitute a student’s name to the verse so that it will read like this:

For God so loved (person’s name) that He gave His one and only Son, that if (person’s name) believes in Him, (person’s name) shall not perish but have eternal life.

  1. • Say, “I would like us to recite this verse again, but this time, I want us to recite it as a blessing to each other.”  Divide group into pairs. If you have an odd number of participants, you can stand in to make the last pair. Say, “This time when you say the verse, I want you to substitute the name of your partner for some of the words.” Have the group recite the verse as a blessing for each of their partners.
  2. Say, “That was great! Now I think we are starting to see that Jesus died for each one of us. Even if your partner was the only one in the world, Jesus would have died for him or her.”
  3.  Substitute the pronoun “me”  and “I” to the verse for it to read like this:

For God so loved ME that He gave His one and only Son, that if I believe in Him, I shall not perish but have eternal life.

  1. Say, “Now I want to recite the verse again, and this time, you are going to substitute yourself for some of the words.” Have each person recite the verse out loud simultaneously, substituting “I” and “me” in the appropriate places.
  2. Ask the students, “How does that make you feel?”
  3.  Say, “Do you see? Jesus died for you! He loved you so much that He was willing to take your punishment for sin. Jesus died for everyone, and He died for anyone….anyone who would accept the gift of His death on the cross. I hope you will accept His gift.”

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Lesson Source: http://teachingthem.com/tag/john-316-object-lesson/

Coloring Page Sources: http://jacques-mylittlehouse.blogspot.com/2010/03/john-316.html

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OPTIONAL BIBLE STORY: Genesis 22 (Abraham tested)

ADDITIONAL STUDY GUIDE:

http://carm.org/bible-difficulties/genesis-deuteronomy/why-did-god-tell-abraham-kill-his-son-isaac

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 1 – Love (John 3:16)