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Loving God, Loving Yourself, Loving Others



Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)
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Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:8
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As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

John 13:34
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If we don’t have a revelation of God’s love for us personally, we will never truly love ourselves, and neither can we really and truly love others. Let’s explore the cycle of love.

1. Replace the word Love in 1 Cor. 13 with God or Father. Ask Him a revelation of this scripture. Now describe in your own words how God feels about you.

2. In light of that passage, do you feel loved? How do you feel about yourself, knowing God loves you this way? How can you show yourselves love in a healthy way?

3. How does your revelation of God’s love for you influence your love for others? Can you be obedient to John13:34? Can you love others the way 1 Corinthians 13 describes?



Tip: Take your time with this study and let the Holy Spirit speak to you. Revelation is personal and can’t be rushed. But once you receive it, nothing can take it from you!

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Self-Confidence

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
Psalm 139: 14

Definition
Self-Confident: believe in oneself or one's own abilities
In one's own powers, judgment, etc.


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