Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Lesson 52: Love One Another

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Lesson 52 of the Discipleship Making process.

As Jesus communed with His disciples at the Last Supper He stressed the importance of loving one another. The reference to one another refers only to other disciples of Jesus since He was only speaking to His disciples.

Read: John 13:12-17 and 34-35 and 15:12-17

Near the beginning of the supper Jesus arose, set aside His outer garments and began washing the disciple’s feet. That would have been a dirty job in those days as people wore sandals and spent their days working in the fields, standing on dirt floors or walking on dusty roads. Customarily the act of foot washing would have been performed by one of the host’s servants. However, Jesus was the host and He had no servants … so He became the servant Himself.

Having washed the disciple’s feet Jesus continued with the Passover supper until he dipped the second time and gave the morsel to Judas. At that moment Satan entered Judas, he arose from the table and went out into the night putting in to action his plan to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. After Judas had gone, Jesus resumed speaking on the subject of love.

Earlier in his ministry, during the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had commanded the disciples to “love your neighbor as yourself” but now He issued them a new commandment. He said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” This was not a change to the way they were to love their neighbors but an additional commandment to the special way in which they were to love other disciples of Christ.

After the meal Jesus again returned to speaking on the issue of love, this time provoking the disciples to think even more deeply about it. He told them that the deepest expression of love is for one to lay down his life for his friends.

The point of the lesson is, in view of the fact that Jesus taught the lesson at the Last Supper when He was communing with his disciples it behooves us to reflect on whether we are truly friends of His.

With that, allow me to leave you with this question to consider, along with a little homework assignment until my next posting:

How would you comfort people when they are anxious or worried about the future?

. . . and the homework assignment . . .

Are we doing what He asked us to do? Let’s consider the following questions, in addition to reading through this list of 58 “one another’s” in their context as your homework assignment:
  1. In what ways had Jesus demonstrated His love to the disciples? List them.
    • Showed them how to make disciples.
    • Rebuked them when they were wrong.
    • Forgave them.
    • Prayed for them.
    • Washed their feet.
    • Obeyed the father.
    • Gave up His time.
    • Served them.
    • Taught them.
    • Made their lives significant.
    • Gave them power and authority.
    • Gave them a message.
    • Gave them spiritual gifts.
    • Gave them directions.
    • Calmed their fears.
  2. Why did Jesus want them to love one other as He had loved them? So that all men would know that they were His disciples. Why? To demonstrate for people what God was like. Why? In order to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:7-8)

Read: John 15:14 & 16
  1. Who are Jesus’ friends? Those that do what He commands them to do.
  2. Who initiates a friendship with Jesus? He does.
  3. Why does He initiate the friendship? So that his friends can bear fruit.
  4. What fruit is he talking about? The fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-26) or God’s nature and character (See the vine and branches).
  5. Who eats the fruit? Everyone but you.
  6. How long should this fruit last? Forever.
  7. What does it mean to ask in the name of someone? It is what the individual would have asked for himself.
  8. What is Jesus’ name? I am salvation.
  9. Deliverance or salvation from what? Everything.
  10. Who are the one another’s being talked about? Jesus’ friends (other disciples).

The “One Another’s”
  1. Be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50)
  2. Wash one another’s feet (John 13:14)
  3. Love one another (John 13:34)
  4. Love one another (John 13:34)
  5. Love one another (John 13:35)
  6. Love one another (John 15:12)
  7. Love one another (John 15:17)
  8. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love (Romans 12:10)
  9. Give preference to one another in honor (Romans 12:10)
  10. Be of the same mind toward one another (Romans 12:16)
  11. Love one another (Romans 13:8)
  12. Let us not judge one another (Romans 14:13)
  13. Accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us (Romans 15:7)
  14. Admonish one another (Romans 15:14)
  15. Greet one another with a holy kiss (Romans 16:16)
  16. When you come together to eat, wait for one another (1 Corinthians 11:33)
  17. Have the same care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25)
  18. Greet one another with a holy kiss (1 Corinthians 16:20)
  19. Greet one another with a holy kiss (1 Corinthians 16:20)
  20. Through love serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
  21. But if you bite and devour one another, take care lest you are consumed by one another (Galatians 5:15)
  22. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another (Galatians 5:26)
  23. Bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)
  24. Showing forbearance to one another in love (Ephesians 4:2)
  25. Be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
  26. Forgiving each other (Ephesians 4:32)
  27. Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19)
  28. Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ (Ephesians 5:21)
  29. Let each of you regard one another as more important than himself (Philippians 2:3)
  30. Do not lie to one another (Colossians 3:9)
  31. Bearing with one another (Colossians 3:13)
  32. Forgiving each other (Colossians 3:13)
  33. Teach one another with psalms, and hymns and spiritual songs (Colossians 3:16)
  34. Admonish one another with psalms, and hymns and spiritual songs (Colossians 3:16)
  35. Increase and abound in love for one another (1 Thessalonians 3:12)
  36. Taught by God to love one another (1 Thessalonians 4:9)
  37. Comfort one another with these words (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
  38. Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  39. Build up one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  40. But encourage one another day after day (Hebrews 3:13)
  41. Consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24)
  42. Encouraging one another (Hebrews 10:25)
  43. Do not speak against one another (James 4:11)
  44. Do not complain against one another (James 5:9)
  45. Confess your sins to one another (James 5:16)
  46. Pray for one another (James 5:16)
  47. Fervently love one another from the heart (1 Peter 1:22)
  48. Keep fervent in your love for one another (1 Peter 4:8)
  49. Be hospitable to one another (1 Peter 4:9)
  50. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another (1 Peter 4:10)
  51. Clothe yourself with humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5)
  52. Greet one another with a kiss of love (1 Peter 5:14)
  53. Love one another (1 John 3:11)
  54. Love one another (1 John 3:23)
  55. Let us love one another (1 John 4:7)
  56. We also ought to love one another (1 John 4:11)
  57. If we love one another, God abides in us (1 John 4:12)
  58. Love one another (2 John 5)

Until next time . . . Godspeed!

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