CtV – Jesus the Life! "Love as You Have Been Loved" 8.7.16 – Pastor Bruce Lerum from Victory Lutheran Church Mesa AZ on Vimeo.

“Love as you have been loved” – Matthew 5:43-48

It’s easy to love someone that you know will love back.

The challenge is to love an enemy.

Matthew 5:46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?

There is but one way we should love, whether husband, wife, or other relationship.

Love as Christ loves the Church (capital “C”).

Ephesians 5:32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.

God doesn’t make suggestions.

Love your enemies! Pray for them!

Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.


Study Questions:

1. God is the creator of love. Why would we ever look elsewhere than in Scripture to learn how to love?

2. Quote from the 1970 movie, Love Story. “Love means never having to say ‘I’m sorry.’” Why is that statement totally unfounded? When do you find it most difficult to tell someone, “I’m sorry?”

3. A love like God’s places the other person first. Does this kind of sacrificial love come easy? Why or why not?

4. Love cannot exist without forgiveness. If our love is unconditional, when do we give forgiveness?

5. “Jesus’ love in our hearts enables us to show the world what true love looks like” (Randy Frazee). Does it mean I have to include my enemies in that? By showing that love, who will the world be able to see in us by our love?