These letters are Paul’s follow ups to his wonderful gospel. When most people think of John’s letters they think of one word, “love.” And they are right to do so. Do you know how many times the word “love” is found in 1 John? Forty-four! Love is the greatest of all of Christ’s attributes that He wants us to copy in our lives. Jesus told His disciples that people would recognize them by their love. John never forgot this.
As Christians we are called to love. Love should permeate all we do. Love for God comes first. Beyond this we are called to love all of those around us with the love of Christ. The thing about love is that it easy to say we love others, but much harder to actually do. Love is an action, a decision, a behavior, not just an emotion.
There is not a person on earth who cannot grow in the area of love. So we hope that as you study through these letters you will be inspired to find practical and specific applications on ways you can love those around you more. We hope that at the end of the study, those around you will be able to see the difference.
Our studies can be used for your own personal study, but are perhaps most helpful as a resource for teachers to use in leading a small group Bible study. For this purpose we have included many discussion questions which can help guide discussion in your group. Be sure to share with us in the comments your thoughts on what you have learned!