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God’s Kind of Love (Part 2)

​​​​​ God’s Kind of Love (Part 2) By Don Krow

In the lesson “God’s Kind of Love,” Part 1, I told you about the Romanian couple I met in the park. I want to tell you a little more about what happened, but before I do, I want to review some of the things we said about God’s love. Jesus Christ was the greatest expression of love that ever came on the face of the earth, yet as far as it is recorded in the Bible, He never said the words “I love you.” Isn’t that amazing? The greatest expression of love never said “I love you.” Do you know why? It’s because love is more than words; it is action. Suppose I said to my wife “I love you” and then went out and committed adultery against her? Would she believe my words, or would she believe my actions? She’d believe me according to my actions, because 95 percent of love is nonverbal. It’s not in the things you say; it’s what you do.  ​​​In 1 John 3:18 we read, “Let us not love in word, neither in tongue [let us not love just with the words of our mouths]; but in deed and in truth” (brackets mine). Love is an action word. In Matthew 25:35-36, Jesus describes love by the actions it prompts, saying, “I was hungry, and you fed me, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was naked, without any clothing, and you clothed me, I was sick, and you cared for me.” Then in verse 40 He says, “By doing this to the least of these my brethren, you’ve done it unto me.” You see, love is an action; it’s something you do. To read the full lesson text click here. ​​

To complete this course, watch the video below and then work through the question and answer section. 

 Questions

​1.  Read Matthew 7:12. In your own words, tell us what the golden rule is.

2. In trying to discover love, many people try to find the right person. Should you try to find the right person or become the right person?

3.  Read 1 John 5:3. Is love a feeling, or is love something you do?

4.  Read 1 John 3:18. If you told your wife or husband “I love you!” but went out and committed adultery, would she/he believe your words or your actions?

5.  Read Romans 5:6-8. Do you think Jesus felt like dying?

6.  Read Galatians 5:22. Can we really love without God as the center of our lives?

7.  Read 1 John 4:8. The reason that we need God to help us truly love others, is...

8.  Read 1 Corinthians 13: 5 (New Living Translation). Choose from the following words a description of what love is not: Rude, selfish, unforgiving.

9.  Read 1 Corinthians 13:8 (New Living Translation). What is the only thing you will take from this life into the next life, or beyond the grave?

10.  Read Proverbs 10:12. First Corinthians 13:5 (New Living Translation) states, “Love keeps no record of when it has been wronged.” Love will cover how much sin?

 Answers

​1.  Doing to others what you would want someone to do for you. 

2.  Become the right person. 

3.  It is something we do by walking in God’s principles (commandments). 

4.  Your actions. Actions would speak louder than words. 

5.  No, yet he sought the benefit and welfare of all of us, regardless of how He felt. 

6.  No. 

7.  ...because He is the only One who is love. 

8.  All of these words (rude, selfish, and unforgiving) describe what love is not.  

9.  Love. It will last forever. 

10.  All sin.

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