July 16 - 22
Read: 1 Corinthians 13:1-7
"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
1 Corinthians 13:1-7
1. What does this say about what Love should look like?
2. How does this connect to what a true friend looks like?
3. How good of a friend are you to others?
Read: 2 Peter 1:5-8
"For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."
2 Peter 1:5-8
1. What does this say about the effectiveness of our faith?
2. What from that list do you need to work on?
3. How does friendship fit into our spiritual growth?
Read: John 15: 9-17
"“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other."
1. What makes us Jesus’ friend?
2. How do you think you remain in his love?
3. How do you think loving others brings us closer to Jesus?
Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?"
1. What does this say about the importance of friends?
2. Who is your best friend?
3. How can you cultivate stronger friendships?
Read: Proverbs 17:17
"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity."
1. What does this say about being a friend?
2. Do you have any bad news friends in your life?
3. How can you work on growing healthier relationships?
Read: Proverbs 13:20
"Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm."
1. Who are your closest friends?
2. Do they challenge you to grow in your faith?
3. Who is a wise person you can befriend?
Read: Proverbs 27:17
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
1. Why are strong friendships important?
2. What does it look like to sharpen a friend?
3. Are you helping to sharpen your friends?