THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 92nd EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCALCHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: FAITH REQUIRES MUTUAL LOVE
Faith Pathway/Faith Journey Topic: Steadfast Love
Printed Text: Hebrews 13:1-3; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (NIV)
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2012-2013
People search for a workable and reliable definition of love. Is there one? The writers of the books of 1 Corinthians and Hebrews defined love and told us that love is greater than faith and hope.
Life in the Spirit reaches its zenith when believers genuinely and authentically love each other—regardless of their mistakes, the wrongs inflicted against them, or the attitudes we may have toward them. It is much easier to talk about this virtue than to live it out. Yet, we can never be fully and truly who we say we are while looking for excuses to dismiss our responsibility to love others. Try to make love a priority in your church and ministry with those whom you find to be the most unlovable.
Lord God, grant that our love will go beyond mere words. Teach us to love those who hate us, despitefully use us, and persecute us. Grant us the peace of mind to never be moved by their acts of disdain toward us. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Love – (agape) at its heart, it expresses the kind of love that seeks to give without the need to experience reciprocity. One of the most important theological terms in the New Testament, it is used 143 times as a verb and 116 as a noun.