Reflecting the One Who Loves Us

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What does it really mean to love one another? Is love an emotion, a gesture, an act of our will? This thoughtful illustration encourages us to love one another with Christ as our example.

In your own words, define what loving one another means.
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 Listen as Stuart Hodges, Founder and Lead Pastor of Waters Edge Church in Virginia, explains the prominent role loving one another plays in sharing the gospel.  

Read John 13:34–35. By understanding the depth of Jesus' love, especially when we consider the work of the Cross, how does your definition of loving one another change?
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God promised to enable His people to love by transforming their hearts and minds. It is only by God's transforming grace that believers can "love one another" as Jesus loves us.

Stuart said, "We are never more like God than when we are loving others and we will never see the kind of impact we desire…until we are loving others like Jesus loves. Do you agree with Stuart? How do your actions reflect God's love? What kind of impact do you desire to make?
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This supernatural love — loving one another — is what bears witness to the believer's connection with Jesus therefore it honors Him. What steps do you need to take to be more proactive about the way that you're loving others? What can you do to have an open heart towards loving the unlovely?
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Our missional command not only includes loving one another within the community of believers, but it also includes reaching out to the unbelieving world. In this video, Stuart Hodges shares the most effective way for believers to invest in people who need the gospel.

Stuart gave us questions to ask ourselves to find opportunities for investment in the lives of others:
  1. What do you enjoy doing?
  2. What are your passions?
  3. What brings you joy?
  4. What is fun for you?

How did you answer the questions? How are you pushing yourself beyond your everyday relationships in your life, beyond your ministry? What can you do today to start broadening your scope of influence?
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The idea of authentic biblical community and of caring for others, seeing them the way that Jesus sees and loves them, truly impacts the unbelieving world. 

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
~Colossians 3:16-17 (MSG)