Sabbath School meets at 10:30 am every first Sabbath of the month. We are currently studying the Fruits of the Spirit.
Most of us have heard the song All you Need is Love by the Beatles (it's pretty catchy!)
All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need.
Well what *is* love anyway? is it merely feelings? Someone might say that they love their mom or dad, their friends, their pet rat or potato chips!
When people talk about love, Love usually refers to strong feelings, and feelings are important. God wants us to really feel love for Him and for other people. But we will see that God also wants us to experience a greater love that is above human emotions.
Love is showing from our ACTIONS that we care about others. It's trying to see other people as God sees them .
The more we SHOW love, the more we will FEEL love.
We demonstrated this by playing 2 games.
The first game was Tug o' War.
We read a poem called Hug o' war, by Shel Silverstien.
Then we played that.
By playing these two games, we were able to see how actions affect our feelings.
In John 13:34-35, Jesus says: "I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
When He says "Love one another," He meant for us to show love even when it is not easy -even when the other person is not responding, or even being mean to us. We should treat others lovingly all the time, even when we don't feel like it. We're even expected to love our enemies! (Matthew 5:44)
1 John 4:7-8 says : Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love"
This means that God is the source of love. We can not Love as God loves without God's help. even if we try as hard as we can.
God's Law is filled up of Love too. Let see What Jesus had to say about this: In Matthew 22. Someone had asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was... And He said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets."
Why do you this we saved love for last? 1 Corinthians 13 is called the love chapter of the Bible. Verses 4-8 answer this question:
4 Love is patient, (patience) love is kind. (kindness) It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (meekness) 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, (self control)it keeps no record of wrongs.(peace) 6 Love does not delight in evil (goodness) but rejoices (joy) with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, (faithfulness) always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails.
Love is the fruit of the spirit that encompasses all the other fruits of the spirit - in other words,If we have love,we will have all the other Fruits of God's spirit too, because they all make up the fruit of love.
We finished our lesson by making 1 Corinthians 13 heart wreaths.
1 Corinthians 13 ends this way: 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the GREATEST of these is LOVE. (Emphasis mine)
God's Nature. God's Law. God's Spirit.
Guess the Beatles were right! Love really is all you need!
As always, If you have any questions or suggestions, or would like access to the full lesson plan, please feel free to contact me.
Next month will be our Fall Holy Day Lesson! God's Feasts are right around the corner now! See you Soon!