The Lens of Love
Break the Ice
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Key Passage: 1 Corinthians 13:13
“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
- At this time, the church in Corinth struggled with comparison, especially when it came to spiritual gifts. How can comparison lead to division?
- Do you struggle with comparison? If so, what’s more of a struggle for you: self exclusion (ex: I’m not good enough to compare with him) or excluding someone else (ex: he’s not good enough to compare to me)?
- What are your spiritual gifts? How do you resist the temptation to compare them to others’?
- Are there times when comparison can be healthy?
- Paul compares the church to a body, with each body part playing a unique and important role. Do you understand what “body part” you are and what your role is in the church and the overall Christian faith? If so, what is your role? If not, what can you do to discover it?
- Who defines what love looks like in your life? Culture? The people around you? God?
- Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, only with “Jesus” replacing each mention of “love.” Then each do the same thing with your own name. How do you view that passage differently?
- In 1 Corinthians 13:13, Paul says love is great than faith and hope. Why do you think he singles out love as the greatest of the three?
- What action can you take to grow in love this coming week?
Close in Prayer