As I Have Loved You
Passage: Acts 2:36–2:42
During Sunday's message, we considered the command to love one another as Jesus has loved us (found in John 13:34) with an emphasis on reflecting on just how Jesus does love us.
Here are some questions to help you in your devotions or discussions.
1. In John 13:34, as you read Jesus’ words, “as I have loved you, so you must love one another,” are you inclined to move quickly past “as I have loved you” and focus on the weight of “so you must love one another”? Take some time to think about how you answered and why.
2. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that it was “for the joy set before Him” that Jesus endured the cross. What does it mean to you that Jesus saw so much joy in saving you from hell and reconciling you forever to His Father, that He went through the crucifixion, bearing all of God’s punishment for your sin?
3. Consider How Jesus loves you by reflecting on the Scripture in these areas: He loves you in His Crucifixion (Isaiah 53:4-11), He loves you in giving you His indwelling Spirit (John 14:16-20), He loves you in His present intercession (Hebrews 7:25). Which affects you most? Where do you find it hardest to sense His love for you?
4. Pray. Ask God to help you understand and embrace Jesus' love for you. Ask Him to cause this knowledge – and your experience of it – to fuel your love for others. (See Ephesians 3:14-21 for a good example of how to pray for this.)