Note: This week our life of Christ in Luke study continues. In chapters 5 and 6 Jesus calls followers, and from the followers he selects 12 to be apostles. He had prayed before he made this momentous appointment. In chapter 6 he calls together followers and disciples and preaches to them. This is Luke’s record of the Sermon on the Mount. Our lesson comes from that text.
Adult PM Bible Study – A – G – A – P – E – Luke 6: 27-36
See also: Deuteronomy 6: 4, 5; Amos 5: 15; Matthew 22: 36-39; Romans 13:9; I John 4: 7; James 2:8
A – Aggressive – v. 27 – The love of Christ’s disciples is an aggressive love. Agape love is a love in deed.
G – Godly love vs. 35, 36 – The love of Christ’s disciples is a God-like love. Agape love is the kind of love God shows to us.
A – Ask v. 30 — Many are the favors that will be asked of you. You are to exceed these in love. Agape love is given even before the other asks.
P – Proactive v. 32-34 – Yours is not a slow or procrastinated love. It is a love that acts even before it is required.
E – Edict of altruism v. 31 – Yours is to be a love that does to others what you want to see happening to you. Agape love considers the best for the other.
Exemplary story: Most days Johnny would play video games, when he arrived home after school. This week he was acting different. On the third day that he hurried out the door to visit a neighbor, his mother became curious. Johnny was back within an hour. He went straight to his room to make an entry on a notepad. His mother had become curious, and she asked what he was writing. Johnny said, “Mom, I’m making an entry in my “unto others” list for Sunday School. Miss Mead, our teacher, said we should keep track of the good things we do unto others for one week. Today I helped our neighbor, Mrs. Watson, get her trash to the curb for pickup.” Johnny had gotten the point of the lesson to do unto others what you would have them do unto you.
Luke 6: 27, 28 But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
Prayer: Almighty God, Our Heavenly Father, may the love of Christ toward others be within our hearts.
Thought for today: Jesus loved even his enemies.
Luke 6: 29, 30 If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, an if anyone asks what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, may our lives be a blessing to others.
Thought for the day: Blessings are gifts to the giver and the recipient.
Luke 6: 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for demonstrating to us the life of the golden rule.
Thought for the day: Have you decided to make today a golden rule day?
Luke 6: 32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.
Prayer: Lord God, when we were unlovable you loved us still.
Thought for the day: Love transform the unloved.
Luke 6: 33, 34 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners do that.” And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that o you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we learn your economy of giving.
Thought for the day: The greatest philanthropist was Jesus of Nazareth.
Luke 6: 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
Prayer: Lord God, we are humbled by your kindness to all.
Thought for the day: When you meet someone with the love of God in their heart, you have met a saint.
Luke 6: 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Prayer: Lord God, we give praise and honor to you for your tremendous mercy.
Thought for the day: God’s mercy is never out of stock or expired.