The text for this lesson is 1 Samuel 18:1–5; 20
- Just as God’s love filled Jonathan and David and helped them love each other, so Christ fills our hearts with God’s love, enabling us to love our neighbor.
- Law: Hatred and envy shatter relationships among friends and in families.
- Gospel: Because God first loved me and gave me His Son, I am able to love and care for others, especially my friends and family.
- What is love? What is its opposite? How is the way our culture portrays love different from the way the Bible portrays love?
- Read 1 Samuel 18:1–5. What did David and Jonathan have in common that prepared them to be great friends?
- Read 1 Samuel 18:6–12 and 1 Samuel 15:27–28. Why did Saul react so strongly to the words of the women who greeted his army? After Saul tried to kill David, who was filled with fear?
- Read 1 Samuel 20:1–11. How does David demonstrate his devotion to his king and to the Lord?
- Read 1 Samuel 20:18–23. As David and Jonathan make their plans, how do they both demonstrate sacrificial love?
- Read 1 Samuel 20:35–42. How do these verses emphasize God’s love?
- What was the source of David and Jonathan’s sacrificial love (see 1 John 4:7–12)? Can we love with that same love? Does this mean we can love perfectly?