Peak of the Week: Discipleship Requirements – Love One Another, Part 2

Peak of the Week: Discipleship Requirements – Love One Another, Part 2


LOVE ONE ANOTHER

We are taking a closer look at four specific statements of Jesus as he called people into a life of discipleship. Today we give emphasis to Requirement #2, which is to “Love One Another.”

This one is found in John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you. Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

LOVE ONE ANOTHER – WHY IS THIS A ___________________ COMMAND? What did he model? How was his love different or new? What is the keyword in this passage/command? _________________ Why is this “key”? WHAT ARE SOME SPECIFIC ___________________

WE CAN LOVE ANOTHER? To answer this question, we must understand the specific nature of the phrase “one another.” For example, this term “one another” appears 41 times in the King James Version of the New Testament. In other versions, they use a variation such as “each other.” But the key is for us to interpret and apply these teachings specifically to people in our lives. In doing so, we show the love of Jesus. The tendency in churches has been to apply “one another” passages in general terms, often through a ministry or leadership, instead of taking these as personal challenges to get involved in the lives of people.

To illustrate this further, let’s consider a list of just 10 of these passages. We are to be:
1. ___________________________________ to one another – Romans 12:10
2. ___________________________________ one another – Galatians 5:13
3. ___________________________________ one another – Hebrews 3:12-13
4. ___________________________________ one another deeply from the heart – 1 Peter 1:22
5. ___________________________________ your sins to one another – James 5:16
6. ___________________________________ for one another – James 5:1
7. ___________________________________ one another – Romans 15:
8. ___________________________________ one another – Ephesians 4:3
9. ___________________________________ to one another – 1 Peter 4:19
10. ___________________________________ one another – Colossians 3:16

To help you in your growth on these, let’s note one more point.
WHAT ARE THE __________________________________ I NEED, TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER SPECIFICALLY?
Here are four connections for you to experience the fullness of Christ’s love to you, and for you to express that love to others.
• Get Connected in a _________________________________________.
• Get Connected in a _________________________________________.
• Get Connected in a _________________________________________.
• Get Connected to the _______________________________________.


QUESTIONS & EXERCISES
For Daily Devotionals or Bible Study Group

1. Read John 13:34-35 in some different versions of the Bible and note the wording of the key phrases to get a full understanding of what Jesus is saying. What are some of the takeaways from this exercise?
2. Do you find it hard at times to truly love people? Why is that so? In what ways is it their problem? In what ways is it your problem? What are some steps to overcome these obstacles as we obey this command to “love one another?”
3. What do the following examples show us about Jesus’ love?
a. When he washed the disciples’ feet?
b. When he interacted with the Samaritan woman?
c. When he forgave the woman caught in adultery and how he handled her accusers?
d. When he went to the home of the tax collector, Zacchaeus?
e. When he gave his life on the cross?
4. In the message, there were 10 examples of “one another” passages. List 3 that you are pretty good at following, and list 3 that are very challenging to you. What do you learn from this and how can you become more balanced in the love you have for all people?
5. Give thought to (or discuss with others) the importance of the four connections where we can love people in various ways. Be very specific and practical as you develop some action steps.