Growing in the likeness of Christ. Fruit of the Spirit. Lesson 1 – Love 1 John 4.6-171. Why does the search for love dominate so many songs, novels and the lives of so many people?2. In 1 John 4.6-17, John says love comes from God. What therefore, has to happen before we caneven begin to love one another (vv. 7-8)? Explain.3. How do Christ’s incarnation and death show us God’s love (vv. 9-10)?4. How does God’s love motivate you to love others?5. Since we cannot see God with our eyes, how can we perceive his presence among us (v.12)?6. How have you seen God’s love demonstrated through other Christians?7. Verse 16 says we can “know and rely on the love of God for us”. How does such assurance comeabout (vv. 13-15)?
8. What do you think John means when he says, “God is love” (v. 16)?9. Because God is love, what do we know about those whose lives are full of love (v. 16)?10. No one has ever seen wind, energy or electrons. We see only the effects of what they do.Likewise, no one has ever seen the love of God. As you look again at this whole passage, in whatways can you see the effects of God’s love?11. Think of someone you find it especially hard to feel warm toward, someone you are throwntogether regularly. Why is it difficult for you to love that person?12. Recognising that love is not based on feelings, what are some practical ways you can show thefruit of love to that person?13. Decide one specific action you will take in this coming week, and then pray that God’s Spiritwill begin to manifest this fruit in your life.