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9th Sunday after Easter Jun 6, 2021
Family and Covenant with the Living God
ESSENTIAL OF GODLY FAMILY – LOVE
TEXT: ROM. 12:9 – 21
To teach true love in the formation of a godly family and to show the importance of love and how it can be practiced in an ideal family.
Love is a complex set of emotions, behaviours, and beliefs associated with qualities of affection, protectiveness, warmth and respect for another person. Love has gained much importance in the unity and cohesion of people of diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. The text of Romans 12: 9ff gives features which love is made of. It shows love in action and not an abstract idea. Let us go through the study guides for these features.
1. In your own words, define the word “LOVE” in relation to family life?
2. What features of Love for a godly family are stated in the text (Rom. 12:9-21)and in the following passages? 1 Cor. 13:1-8; Heb. 13:1; Phil. 1:8-11
3. Despite the fact that marriages are constituted in love, there has been a collapse of many. Why? 2 Sam. 13:1,10-15; Rom. 12:9; 1John 4: 18
4. You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving. How true is this statement? John 3:16; Rom. 5:1-8; 1 John 3:16-18 ref 1Cor 13:1-4.
Christian families build the Church (family). Therefore, love in Christian families must be sincere and unfeigned. It must not be by only words or professions but should be expressed through acts of kindness and deeds of charity.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
Families without Love make a wicked society.
1 John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.