You will have two meditation sections in the study guide this month. I’m putting an extra one up front because I believe that before you can be truly loving to others you must “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Eph 3:18). Understanding how much He loves you, and how He demonstrates His love for you, should fill you with a sense of security, love and appreciation which will then just more naturally flow out to others. So, to help you think on the “length, width, height and depth” of His love …
Choose a few of the following accounts from the Gospels to read (or any others that may be favorites of yours which demonstrate the love of God). Remember, these stories are found in the other Gospels too, so you might want to do some cross-referencing and read several accounts. When you are finished, take some time to meditate on the extent of God’s love and express your thankfulness to Him.
- The prodigal son (Lk 15:11-32)
- Thomas’ doubt (Jn 20:24-30)
- The crucifixion (Jn 19)
- The adulterous woman forgiven (Jn 8:3-11)
- “Father forgive them” (Lk 23:33-34)
- Peter’s denials and restoration (Lk 22:54-62; 24:34; Mk 16:6-7; 1 Cor 15:4-5)
Can you identify with any of these sinners?
- the rebellious/wasteful son
- the doubter
- the mockers and unbelievers,
- the one afraid to speak for Christ
- the one led to sin by fleshly desires
From Romans 5:8, answer the following questions:
How did God demonstrate His love for us?
When did God demonstrate His love for us?
Read 1 John 1:9 and reflect on the extent of God’s mercy and love.
What did Jesus say were the two greatest commandments? Mt 22:36-40
List the five types of leaders Jesus gave as gifts to the church. (Eph 4:11)
What are these leaders supposed to do for the saints? (Eph 4:12)
What is the purpose of our works of service to one another? (Eph 4:12) Continue reading