Experiencing The Love Of God

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Where is God when it hurts? How come bad things such as cancer, tsunamis and all kinds of natural disasters happen to good people?  Christians claim that God is love.  Is it true?  Has God’s love for His people changed? Very often our frame of reference is the result of our own experiences.  Some of these experiences are negative and can hinder how we see God.  Our correct understanding of the character of God will help us to respond to these questions. God loves us and wants us to know Him personally and intimately.  In this study you will explore more deeply about the love of God.

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1. How do today’s media describe love? How is love understood and lived out in our society? How does our understanding and experience of love in our daily lives affect our experience of God’s love? More thoughts...
More Insights: Are there different kinds of love? How would conditional and unconditional love be different? Have you personally experienced conditional love? Have you experienced or observed unconditional love? How did they differ? (See suggested article: Love without Limit www.thelife.com/discover/sex-love/lovenolimit/ )
2. “The yearning to know what cannot be known, to comprehend the incomprehensible, to touch and taste the unapproachable, arises from the image of God in the nature of man.” A. W. Tozer. It is our human nature to search for the unsearchable. What are some physical ways that God demonstrates His love to the world? Can a person see evidence of God’s love for mankind just by observing the world around us? If so, how? More thoughts...
Read Genesis 1:1-31 or Psalm 104 and discuss how God shows His love to humanity.
3. “This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise man gloat in his wisdom, or the mighty man in his might, or the rich man in his riches. Let them boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who is just and righteous, whose love is unfailing, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!”’ (Jeremiah 9:23-24, NLT) It is God’s desire for us to know Him. How can we know God’s love personally? More thoughts...
More Insights: Here are some scriptures for your reference: Hebrews 11:6b; 1 John 3:16; Isaiah 64:6; James 3:2, 4:17; Romans 6:23; 1 John 1:9; Roman 8:14;1 Cor. 15:3-6. You may also check out another study “Knowing Jesus Personally”. (http://mag.thelife.com/study/knowjesuspersonally.html )
4. “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations” (Psalm 100:5 NIV). How does this verse help you to understand the love of God? More thoughts...
What are the words used by the psalmist to describe God’s love? (Feel free to reference additional psalms if you prefer.) Consider Roman 8:35-39 or Exodus 34: 6-7. How does God affirm His love for His people?
5. How have you responded to this demonstration of love from God or how would you like to respond to God’s love for you? Is there anything that stops you from experiencing this kind of love from God? More thoughts...
Here are some scriptures for your reference: 1 John 4:11; 1 Peter 3:9; Matthew 22;37-39; Matthew 5:44.
6. Can anything keep God’s love from you? How would your understanding of God's unconditional love for you affect your faith in God? More thoughts...
Here are two verses for you to consider: 1 John 4:16; Romans 8:39. See also article: We Love Because He First Love Us. (http://thelife.com/blogs/experience/devotionalformen/2009/05/15/we-love-because-god-loves-us/
7. How can we grow in the knowledge of God’s love? Can you think of any biblical stories and characters that demonstrated and lived out the love of God? More thoughts...
Comment on one or two of the following scriptures or use your own example from Scripture or from your own life to answer the questions: 1 Samuel 18:1-34; 1 Thessalonians 3:6-10; 2.
8. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, Paul shows us God’s way of “Love”. Do you love others with God’s kind of love for you? Remember His great love and then ask Him to help you in showing your love for others. If you like, you may write your prayer response to God’s love here. More thoughts...
In Numbers 14:13-25, Moses demonstrates his love for the rebellious Israelites. He is living out 1 Peter 3:9. If you’ve seen this type of love demonstrated in the life of someone you know, you may briefly share your thoughts here.
9. What additional thoughts or questions do you have on this study?
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