Genuine Love

Galatians 5:22

Romans 12:9-18

  1. Why is love the first listed in the fruit of the Spirit?
  2. What is the word Paul uses for love here in Galatians 5:22? What does it mean?
  3. What does it mean that God’s love is “counter-conditional”?
  4. What does the Spirit’s discernment help us to do? (Romans 12:9)
  5. What is the difference between the way the Bible and our culture talk about “love”?
  6. How can we really have peace in the midst of our problems?
  7. What does it mean to be “slothful”? (Romans 12:11)
  8. How are peace and prayer connected? (Romans 12:12)
  9. How does blessing those who persecute us connect us with Jesus? (Romans 12:14)
  10. Why is it important to be generous? How does being generous connect us with God?
  11. Do you find it difficult to rejoice with others in their joy? How might you rejoice with others this week?
  12. How do we value our reputation over retaliation? (Romans 12:17)
  13. Is it always possible to live at peace with everyone? (Romans 12:18)
  14. What should we do when the other person won’t do their part?
  15. How does the attached quote from Francis Schaeffer stress the importance of our love?

“Love—and the unity it attests to—is the mark Christ gave Christians to wear before the world. Only with this mark may the world know that Christians are indeed Christians and that Jesus was sent by the Father.”

Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), The Mark of the Christian, Inter-Varsity Press, 1976, p. 36