03 November 2015

Daily Bible Study—1 John 2:7

Brothers, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. (1 John 2:7, EMTV)


A1 Outline

B1 Commandment written

B2 Commandment heard

A2 Notes

B1 The commandment is to love

B2 Love is not necessarily a physical thing.

B3 Love is a choice, not a feeling.

B4 The principles of love (from 1 Corinthians 13).

C1 Love is not just words. 1 Corinthians 13:1

C2 Love is superior to prophecy, full, complete knowledge of mysteries, completely knowing everything, and faith so strong one can move mountains. 1 Corinthians 13:2

C3 Love is superior to giving away all your possessions. 1 Corinthians 13:3

C4 Love is patient. The old word is longsuffering. It is a particular type of patience that keeps your cool hoping and praying that all will turn to the better. It is to patiently endure.

C5 Love is kind. Love is not weakness but strength. One of these strengths is to be kind. To be kind to a likeable person is one thing but to show kindness to an unlikeable person shows the trait even more clearly.

C6 Love has no envy. Envy is wanting what someone else has. True love is glad that another person has what they do and doesn't want it.

C7 Love doesn't boost. True love is more interested in truth than bragging about ourselves.

C8 Love isn't arrogant. A person who has the attitude of "I'm better than anyone else. My opinion is better, my _____ is better" is not pleasing to humans or God.

C9 Love does not have behavioral issues. (The Greek word suggests violent talk and actions). True love is appropriate in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.

C10 Love is not self-seeking. Love doesn't look out for and seek what I want; love looks to the needs of others. I may want to see, but my friend needs to talk, so if I love, I will take some of my sleep time and listen to my friend.

C11 Love is not easily provoked. Love will listen until the other person is finished. Love doesn't start responding angrily without listening and trying to understand.

C12 Love thinks no evil. Love does not plan evil to hurt and trouble others. Love doesn't keep track of every hurt and look for some way to get even (revenge).

C13 Love doesn't rejoice at unrighteousness. True love isn't happy when bad things happen to others. True love isn't glad when someone causes evil.

C14 Love rejoices with the truth. True love speaks truth, lives truth, seeks truth. Love doesn't like lies. Love rejoices in true doctrine, true actions, true words, and true deeds.

C15 Love bears all things. This is endurance. Love lasts. Love does stick around when things go bad.

C16 Love believes all things. Love is not gullible, but if someone tells the truth, believes them.

C17 Love never fails.

C18 Prophecies may not happen anymore, Speaking in tongues will not happen anymore. Special knowledge may pass away, but love will always exist.

A3 Questions

B1 What is the difference between liking someone and loving someone?

B2 What is the God approved action to someone who teases us (or worse) for being a Christian?

B3 How do we love our enemies?

B4 What is the loving thing to do after an argument?

B5 Why is this kind of love so important?

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