February is the month of love. In this month’s Bible reading plan, I wanted to go a little deeper. I wanted to explore the various types of love that can be discovered in the Bible.
During the first week, we’ll be reading about God’s love for us, and the way He demonstrated it in the New and Old Testament to His chosen people. A few reflective questions:
- How does it make us feel to know that God loves us (always has and always will) unconditionally?
- Are we able to love others in the same way?
- What is stopping us from returning God’s love?
Next we look at Jesus’ love for us, and his ultimate sacrifice to save us from ourselves. Jesus came to earth, so that we may experience ever lasting life through him, with the Father. Our salvation can only be found in Christ. A few reflective questions:
- How can Jesus’ love and sacrifice make us better people?
- How much longer will we wait to give Christ a place in our hearts?
In the third week, we touch on the second commandment – loving others as much as we love ourselves. The tricky thing with this commandment is that it’s easy to love those who love us. But what about those who we don’t like? Who have hurt us? And betrayed us? What about them? A few reflective questions:
- When was the last time you put someone else’s interests ahead of your own?
- Who can you love today?
- How can you open your heart more to others (who don’t necessarily deserve it)?
In the last week, we take a look at how the Bible defines love in the very popular chapter in Corinthians. You may have heard and read it a few times before, but this week, really think and meditate on the words. A few reflective questions:
- What does love mean to you?
- Who do you love the most?
- When was the last time you told someone you loved them?