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

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” 37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.

Recall from Sunday:

God is glorified (13:31-33) by mind-boggling love (13:34-35) made possible by undeserved grace (13:36-38).

Reflect:

Apart from Jesus or other Bible stories, who in your life has best demonstrated the love of God to you? What did they do that showed God’s love to you?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

Jesus says the he and God are most glorified in the moment of his betrayal and upcoming crucifixion (13:31-33). Where do you look for glory? Think of glory as respect, honor, approval, or esteem, based on seeing who you are or what you did. How does that compare to where Jesus saw his moment of greatest glory?

Jesus says the world will know we are his disciples if we love like he did (13:34-35). What’s different about Jesus’s love that makes it unique and identifiable to people who aren’t Christians? How do your choices to love accurately reflect Jesus’s love to others? Is there something about your love that goes beyond being “nice”? What is it?

Peter thinks he has all the inner strength needed to lay down his life for Jesus, but Jesus says he has to go first where Peter can’t follow (13:36-38). Where do you draw strength to love others like Jesus loved? When you find yourself slipping into unloving behaviors, what do you do to reorient yourself?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

Loving like Jesus loved is more than being a nice or moral person; it raises questions and points people back to the savior. So brainstorm as a group what you could do this week for your neighbors or coworkers or friends that would go beyond nice to raising questions and provoking curiosity. Then pray real hard, because you’re going to need God’s help to actually follow through!