HOW DID WE WALK IN LOVE AS CHRIST LOVED US THIS WEEK?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ 19 I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

21 After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. 23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus’ side, 24 so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25 So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.

27 Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” 28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29 Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. 30 So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

Recall from Sunday:

Strengthened by God’s gracious Word (18-20), Jesus breaks bread with his betrayer (21-26) even at night (27-30).

Reflect:

When was the last time someone betrayed your trust or friendship? How did you respond?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

Jesus drew strength from God’s word that God was in control even of this painful betrayal (3:18). How might it change your response to betrayal to remember that God redeems all things toward our ultimate good and his ultimate victory?

Jesus’s gentleness and fellowship with even his betrayer Judas reminds us of how patient and kind he is even with us in our rebellion and failures (3:21-26). What were some significant moments in your life of recognizing the depth of God’s forgiveness towards you? How might your own forgiveness by God impact the way you treat the people who hurt you?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

Walking in love as Christ loved us means finding ways to love even the people who betray us. Share as a group who has hurt you that you still need to forgive. Encourage and empower each other through prayer to take a step towards love and forgiveness this week.