Clear-Cut Commands in this Passage:
- Love one another
- Do not be like Cain
- Do not be surprised if the world hates you
- Lay down your life for your brothers
- Love with actions not words
- Our love for one another should be:
- familial -- brotherly (cain is the negative example)
- clearly demonstrated
- We might not always be loved
- The world might hate us
- The reason is because we are different
- Moving from the realm of darkness/death to the realm of light/life means a significant life change
- Don't expect people in the world to exhibit that life change
- The World's Standard and Ours
- It's expected that the world will hate
- It's not accepted when brothers do
- World -- Death -- Hate -- Words?
- Brothers -- Life -- Love -- Actions?
- What were some of your thoughts that resulted from the verse studies you did?
- What are some of the themes that seemed to be repeated throughout the passage? (love, action, living in Christ)
- Look at the list of "FIVE COMMANDS". Which of these is the easiest to keep? Which is the most difficult? Why?
- Together read Genesis 4:3-8. What were Cain's biggest mistakes? Why?
- How might we sometimes act like Cain?
- Talk about a time you have been tempted to compare yourself to someone else. Have you ever "villainized" someone in your mind to make you feel better about yourself? Did it work?
- Why does John not expect people in the "world" to love? What is different about a Christian that would make them a loving person?
- Give a practical example of how verse 16 might be put into action. (lay down your life for your brother)
- What role does the Holy Spirit play in helping us love one another? How can we allow the Spirit to have more control in our life?
- What is something you can do this week to obey the five commands we talked about?