Duty to One Another
Has anyone addressed a felt absence in the fellowship since last week - either your own or a fellow disciple's? What challenges were faced in addressing it, what has been been the reward?
In Blaine's lesson Sunday he identified our tendency toward privacy as a major obstacle in fulfilling our duty to one another, which is love.
What do you enjoy most about your privacy?
Do you think we're becoming more isolated over time? Why?
Of the five duties to one another explored in Blaine's lesson (Service, Encouragement, Bearing Burdens, Prayer, and Accountability,) which do you find the most difficult; which one comes easiest?
1. Jesus command in John 13:34 reminds us that love isn't just an emotion we feel toward our fellow disciples, but it is something we DO for one another. Through your discussion of the passage below allow this scripture to reinforce Blaine's charge that loving one another is these ways isn't an option, but an obligation.
READ John 13:34-35
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
How does Jesus' demonstration of his love toward his disciples empower us in our duty to one another?
In addition to the five duties to one another from Blaine's lesson, what are other ways we love one another?
2. Blaine acknowledged that fulfilling our obligations toward one another isn't easy. Similarly, in 1st John the author offered the church perspective on this issue to protect them against discouragement.
READ 1 John 5:3
"This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith."
We know that God doesn’t teach that his commands will never be difficult or discomforting, what then does it mean that “His commands are not burdensome?”
What encouragement would you offer to a disciple who was feeling burdened by God's commands and their duty to love others?
Bring It Home
Imagine how much it empowers and enriches the lives of our brothers and sisters to receive these blessings from one another; to assist your group in doing so, share with them how receiving these blessings from another has impacted your life.