Since the law is an expression of God’s love, we reveal the beauty of God’s law written in our hearts when we show love to others.
Paper, pens, flip chart-type easel pad, markers or colored pencils
Connecting with the Scripture Topic
- You’ve heard the expression “He’s as good as his word.” Is there anyone in your life who fits that description? If so, what influence has this person had on you?
- Another expression is “His word is his bond.” Think of a time when you made a significant verbal agreement with someone. What happened? Did you both keep your word to one another?
Sharing and Receiving Scripture
- Have you ever been angry at God but were afraid to admit it for fear there might be adverse consequences?
- Thought Questions
Read Hebrews 12:21. Why did Moses tremble with fear at Mount Sinai?
- God spoke with such a loud voice.
- The sights and sounds surrounding the mountain made it clear that no person could ever control or contain God.
- God’s words actually mean something—we are compelled to pay attention to them.
- Moses knew his people all too well, and he feared the results if they forgot or ignored God’s words.
- Moses knew his own heart and realized that without God’s grace, he was doomed.
Based on Romans 7:7-12, what do you see as the greatest value in God’s law?
- The law reveals what sin is (v. 7).
- We deceive ourselves if we think that a life of sin is really living (vs. 8-9; see also Job 24:14-15).
- We quit trying to gain life by keeping it and instead see how much we need a Savior (vs. 10-11)
- This is all pretty deep for me, so I just like verse 12, which says that God’s law is a good thing.
- The law reveals how utterly dead we are in sin, apart from Christ (v. 13).
- It happened automatically at my baptism.
- I find myself being nice when I’d rather be crabby, honest when I’m tempted to be dishonest, going to church because I want to and not because I have to.
- It’s less about doing and more about being.
- Other people will make comments about my character that reveal whether or not God’s law is written in my heart.
- It happened automatically at the moment of my conversion.
What does Romans 13:8-10 mean when it says that our only debt is to love others?
- We shouldn’t get into financial debt; if we do, we should pay it off as soon as possible.
- God’s law shows a very practical aspect of love—love doesn’t steal or kill.
- If we love others, we are not breaking God’s law.
- If we do not break God’s law, the natural result will be that we will live lives of love.
- Because we have received God’s love and grace, we must offer it freely to all of God’s children.
Applying the Message of Scripture
Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. Then report back to your group when your facilitator says time is up.
- Option 1: Using the easel pad and markers or colored pencils, write out the list of angry words you heard in Sharing A. Print them so they form a cross, showing that Jesus has already forgiven those angry words and feelings. If possible, sketch out the whole crucifixion scene using those words. (If you’re really brave, ask to post this somewhere in the church where others can see it.)
- Option 2: Do you know someone who needs to see God’s love in action? What can your group do to fulfill God’s law by showing God’s love to this person in a practical way? Make a plan and ask others in your group to commit to helping you with this project.
- Option 3: Many people think that any mention of God’s law equates to legalism. Write a quick Bible study of 4-5 scripture references that refute that notion. When you have time, write the references in your Bible and try to commit the list to memory so you can recall it when needed.
Valuing Scripture in Your Life
- Spend three minutes prayerfully considering how your actions (at home, in the workplace) show both God’s law and God’s love to others. Ask God to help you be more intentional with this.
- At the end of three minutes, those who choose to may share their thoughts. Conclude with prayer.