Episode 53: Loving the Difficult (Pt. 2)
“Above all, love, because, above all, Christ does this for us. He continues to love and pursue us when we are difficult and stubborn. He covers a multitude of our sins, forgiving us and absorbing our punishment that we might be in fellowship with Him, and fellowship with one another, no matter how difficult we think others are. Let His love help you love.”
Open in Prayer
– Be Thou My Vision
– Yet Not I but Through Christ in Me
Icebreaker Question: Describe your ideal friend and your worst enemy.
– 1 Peter 4:8
Key Idea: When we find it difficult to love the difficult, we must remember to continue in love and cover in love.
– Loving the difficult sees love as a lifetime project and these people as God’s sovereign way of growing our love in certain ways.
– As Christians, we need to either graciously address sin or show grace in how we absorb the sins committed against us.
1. What kind of people do you find it hardest to tolerate or put up with? Why? In what ways does this reveal a deficiency in your love?
2. What sins do you need to address or absorb? What will this look like?
3. What are specific ways God loves you in the way Peter exhorts us to love?
Spend time in prayer as a family
1. For the humility to see the flaws in our love
2. For the selflessness to pursue those we find hardest to love
3. For grace to grow in our hearts so we’re ready to gently admonish and forgive or to be “thick-skinned”