Scripture: Romans 13:8–13:10
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION
- Romans 13:8-10 begins by talking about debts, but is that what this section of Scripture is about? How can love be a debt? If love is a kind of debt we owe others, when is that debt satisfied or finished?
- How would you define love? If the definition toward our neighbors includes doing things in another’s best interest, how do we know what that is?
- How are we even capable of loving another? (Who has loved us first, and how?) Not only this part of Romans, but the entire Bible emphasizes the importance of love. Read 1 John 3:16-18. Why is love so important for us as individuals?
- Read Luke 10:25-37. What is Jesus saying about who our neighbors are and what our debt of love to them looks like? Is doing no wrong to a neighbor (Romans 13:10) mean we never do anything our neighbors would not define as in their best interest? Who decides that, and how? Read Ephesians 4:11-16. What does it mean to speak the truth in love? Why is love so important to the church of Christ?
- Who are you going to love this week? Can you share how you intend to accomplish that?