Love should be the defining characteristic of every small group (John 13:34-35). As you think about what it means to love one another, and how your group can work on loving one another; here are two lists that flesh out a bit how Jesus expects us to love.
The New Testament "One Another" Commands. A List of Specific Actions that Grow Brotherly Love:
John 13:34 -- Love one another.
Romans 12:10 -- Be devoted to one another.
Romans 12:10 -- Honor one another.
Romans 12:16 -- Live in harmony with one another.
Romans 14:13 -- Stop judging one another.
Romans 15:7 -- Accept one another.
Romans 15:14 -- Instruct one another.
Romans 16:16 -- Greet one another.
1 Corinthians 1:10 -- Agree with one another.
Galatians 5:13 -- Serve one another.
Ephesians 4:2 -- Bear with one another.
Ephesians 4:32 -- Forgive one another.
Ephesians 5:21 -- Submit to one another.
Colossians 3:16 -- Admonish one another.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 -- Encourage one another.
James 4:11 -- Do not slander one another.
1 Peter 4:9 -- Offer hospitality to one another.
An Outline of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Paul's definition of Love.
Love is not
Love does not
- demand its own way
- keep a record of wrongs
- rejoice about injustice
- REJOICE WHENEVER TRUTH WINS OUT
- NEVER GIVE UP
- NEVER LOSE FAITH
- ALWAYS HOPE
- ENDURE THROUGH EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE