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Are you IN LOVE?

(1 Timothy 4:12 Series)


Lesson 3 of 5 - Be an example in love

General Objective:
The student will be able to learn the importance of being an example in love and how to act in love like
Jesus did.
Key Verses: 1 Timothy 4:12,1 John 4:Matthew 15, Luke 19:1-10

Paul encourages Timothy to set an example to other Christians even though he is still young. “Let no one
look down on your youthfulness,” said Paul “but rather in speech, conduct, love…” In the previous
lesson, we learn about how we can be an example through our words and action. In this lesson we will
focus on love as our greatest motivation of our words and actions. We will also learn the importance of
being an example in love and how to act in love like Jesus did.

Introductory Lesson
What is the love Timothy(us) is meant to have?
Key Verse: 1 John 4:7-12
Main Principle: The ultimate measure of love is not that we feel love for others but we act in
love for others.
1. The love that comes from God(1 John 4:7-8)
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been
born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is
love.
A. Love others, know God
B. Know God, know love

Principle: We can only truly love if we know God.

2. The love that is more than just a feeling (John 3:16,1 John 4:9-10)
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that
we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and
sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Jesus did not only feel love for us but he acted in love, and that is he died on the cross for our
sins. God didn’t love us with the condition of loving him back but He chooses to love us and
sacrifice for us.
A. God showed His love
B. Love is a choice
Principle: We should not only feel love for others but we must act in loving ways.
3. The love that manifests our faith (1 John 4: 10-12,Matthew 26:36-40)
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen
God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
A.
B.
Principle: A mark of a true Christian is living in LOVE.

“Let no one look down on your youthfulness,


but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity,
show yourself an example to those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:12
Suggested Activity
Love God Love People

Lesson 1 of 3
How do we act in love?
Main Principle: Jesus is the ultimate example of how we act in love. #BeLikeJesus

Key Verse: Matthew 15:29-39(also Matthew 14:13-21)


Jesus Fed The Hungry in Love
“Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been
with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse
on the way.” (Matthew 15:32).
In one of the greatest miracles ever, Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fish to feed five thousand
people. These people weren’t mildly hungry—they’ve gone 3 days without food listening and taking in
the precious words of Christ.
He still feeding the world in love—through the teachings of the Word of God. Many of us were emaciated
spiritually and anemic in our thinking until the truth of the Bible penetrated our hearts to fill our souls.
I. Jesus saw a need through His eyes of compassion (v. 32)
Jesus has been ministering to these people providing their spiritual needs for three days but
he knew they have physical needs; the people were hungry and needed food. He felt the need
and acted in love.
A. Be sensitive to those around you
B. Do something!
C. Wag pakawalan hangga’t di natutulungan 
Principle: When we see people as God sees them, we will see their needs and have mercy for
them.
Related verse: James 2:15-16
II. Jesus used what is available to feed the people (v.33-34)
We can see that the response of the disciples were negative. They were looking at what is not
there while Jesus looked at what is available and made use of it to help others.
A. You can use whatever talent/resource you have
B. Don’t think about what you don’t have but what God has given you
C. Find ways of what you can do for others with what God has given you
D. Be willing to give
Principle: Our only limit to loving others more is to choose between focusing on what we can
do for them more than what we can’t.
Related Verse: 2 Corinthians 8-12
III. Jesus met their needs and gave glory to God (v35-37)
The seven loaves and two fish would probably not be enough for even the disciples but Jesus
knew that His Father would provide for all of them. He did it by the power of God.
A. Receive God’s blessing to meet your need and others
B. Pray, ask God and give thanks
C. Share your blessing to others (bless to be a blessing)
D. Ripple effect (passing on the ‘loaves’ from Jesus-disciples-to others)
E. We cannot out give God(left overs).

“Let no one look down on your youthfulness,


but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity,
show yourself an example to those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:12
How much blessing have you received from God? Have you ever thank God for it? Have you
ever thought of sharing it to others?
Principle: Love in action is when we meet others’ needs as God provides for our needs.
Related verse: Psalm 67

Lesson 1 of 3
How do we act in love?
Main Principle: Jesus is the ultimate example of how we act in love. #BeLikeJesus

Key Verse: Luke 19:1-10


Jesus Loves the Unlovable
Even though he was known as a sinful, tax collector, Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus the day he came to
town. That unkind, unpleasant, unlovable people still want to be known and loved even though they don’t
act like it. Jesus gives a wonderful example in this story of reaching out to someone who is unloved by
many. He goes out of his way to reach out and Zacchaeus’ heart is changed by his love. In this lesson, we
will learn how e
1. How Jesus respond toward Zacchaeus (v.1-6)
Jesus became our perfect example of what it means to reach out to someone regardless of who he
is. Jesus invites Himself to Zacchaeus’ house, just as He extended His love for us in the invitation
of Salvation.
A. God’s love is available for all
B. Reach out to someone even those unloved by many
C. Learn to initiate, make it personal
D. Share Jesus to others (in the story, Jesus invites Himself to Zacchaeus’ house)
E.
2. How the people respond toward Zacchaeus (v. 7)
Zacchaeus, being known as a tax collector is hated by many.
People always look for love (regardless of race, gender, social status…)
A. Even the unkind, unpleasant, unlovable people also wanted to be loved

3. How Zacchaeus responded to Jesus(v. 1-4)


Zacchaeus, being known as a tax collector is hated by many. He wanted to see Jesus the day he
came to town. Even though he is rich and with high position, his yearning for Jesus is seen in the
story.
4. People always look for love (regardless of race, gender, social status…)
5. Even the unkind, unpleasant, unlovable people also wanted to be loved

People

6. God’s love changes people’s heart (v.8-10)

Related verse: Love others as I have loved you. (John 15:12)

“Let no one look down on your youthfulness,


but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity,
show yourself an example to those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:12
Loving our enemies
Luke 23:34
I. v43-44
II. v45 like father like son
we prove ourselves to be God’s family PROOF
III. v46-47 nothing exceptional
is it possible?
Who are my enemies?
Anyone Who Doesn't Love You or Is Not Your Brother
So the point seems to be: don't stop loving because the person does
things that offend you, or dishonor you, or hurt your feelings, or
anger you, or disappoint you, or frustrate you, or threaten you, or kill
you. "Love your enemies" means keep on loving them. Keep on loving
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Something as Simple as Greeting Them
Practically Meeting Their Physical Needs
Praying for Them
This is what Jesus did as he hung on the cross:

Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.
(Luke 23:34)
And it's what Stephen did as he was being stoned:

Falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not
hold this sin against them! (Acts 7:60)
My heart's desire and prayer to God is for their salvation.
John 15:5
IV. v48 we are called to be like Christ God’s perfect love fills up our imperfect love
The question of can I really be an example in love should be more of am I willing to answer God’s cal
to act in love?

V. Evaluate your love for your enemies


How well do you practice the following verses?
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-
seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices
with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1
Corinthians 13:4-8)

“Let no one look down on your youthfulness,


but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity,
show yourself an example to those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:12
Score yourself from 0-10 on each of the following.
“0” means “I need a lot of improvement.”
“10” means “I’m great at this.”
____ I am patient.
____ I am kind.
____ I do not envy.
____ I do not boast.
____ I am not proud.
____ I am not rude.
____ I am not self-seeking.
____ I am not easily angered.
____ I keep no record of wrongs.
____ I do not delight in evil.
____ I rejoice with the truth.
____ I always protect.
____ I always trust.
____ I always hope.
____ I always persevere.
____ My love never fails.

“Let no one look down on your youthfulness,


but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity,
show yourself an example to those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:12