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The text for this lesson is 1 Samuel 18:1–5; 20

Key Point

  • 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.

Discussion Points

  1. What is love? What is its opposite? How is the way our culture portrays love different from the way the Bible portrays love?
  2. Read 1 Samuel 18:1–5. What did David and Jonathan have in common that prepared them to be great friends?
  3. 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?
  4. Read 1 Samuel 20:1–11. How does David demonstrate his devotion to his king and to the Lord?
  5. Read 1 Samuel 20:18–23. As David and Jonathan make their plans, how do they both demonstrate sacrificial love?
  6. Read 1 Samuel 20:35–42. How do these verses emphasize God’s love?
  7. 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?

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