Today is Friday, April 20th, 2018. The Beatles once said, “Love is all you need”. When people talk about loving one another, often times it conjures images of hippies and flower children. When we talk about loving one another one doesn’t tend to think of the 10 commandments or really rules of any kind. Love is about freedom! Right? The truth is when we look at the law it can be boiled down to the greatest commandment that Jesus gave “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.’” When we look at the 10 commandments we tend to think about what “thou shalt not” do. In reality, when we truly love each other we would never dream of doing such things to our fellow man. Love truly is all we need. We love because Christ first loved us.
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Who do you love? Who do you not love?
_ Do you think of Love when you think of the 10 commandments?
Almighty God, you teach us in your word that love is the fulfilling of the law: grant that we may love you with all our heart and our neighbors as ourselves; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.
DISCOVER [Romans 13:8-10]
8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_ In vs 8 what do we owe each other?
_ How does one fulfill the law?
_ What are the commandments summed up in?
_ In vs 10 what does love do?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Do you truly love your neighbor?
_ How can you fulfill the law today through love?
_ Is there a neighbor you have been withholding love from?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?