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Study Guide #9b—God is Love

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By Kay Smith and Ruth Wood

Almost every Christian and many non-Christians can quote “God is love,” and “Jesus loves me, this I know.” But what does it mean for God to love us? Are we talking a fairy-tale existence or something else? How should His love affect us?

1. Read Romans 5:6-9. What was the supreme evidence and extent of God’s love?

Now read all of verses 1-11. Why is Paul talking about God’s love for us at this point?

In what way is he trying to encourage Christians (especially verses 3-5, 10)?

2. Read Romans 8:28-39. In verses 29-34, what does it say God’s love has done for us believers already?

When most of us are faced with persecution, famine, etc., we may say, “God, if you love me, get me out of this!” In verses 35 and 39, what is this love of Christ/God which we can’t be separated from? What good is it?

3. For a little background information, read II Thessalonians 1:4-5, then read 2:13-17. What has God’s love done and what is the goal of that love (verses 13-14)?

Why is Paul telling them this at this time (verses 15-17)?

4. Read Hebrews 12:5-11. What does God’s love for His chosen people lead Him to do?

Verse 10 says God disciplines us for “our good”: What is the good thing God desires for us?

5. Read I John 4:7-11. Again, how has God shown His love? How should His love for us affect us? Why?

6. Read Luke 15:1-7 (for a more complete picture, read all of Luke 15). How would you describe God’s love for sinners?

7. Once we have been “saved,” what effects is God’s love to have on us? Towards what goal is God’s love working?

8. Does God’s love conflict with His other characteristics (e.g. His sovereignty, His punishing justice)? Why or why not?

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