“What the world needs now, is love, sweet love” (Song Lyrics)
1.) THE GREATEST LOVE IS CHOSEN LOVE (AGAPE)
➢ Agape: Greek for love, the most powerful, noblest type of love: sacrificial love: it’s chosen love, out of an act of the will
“…for God is love.” (1 John 4:8, NKJV)
2.) THE GREATEST SIGN IS LACK OF LOVE (AGAPE) OR FULLNESS OF LOVE (AGAPE)
“…And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3, NKJV)
“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12, NKJV)
➢ Lawlessness: (iniquity, wickedness) is not the absence of law but active REBELLION against the law
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34–35, NKJV)
3.) THE GREATEST GIFT IS GIVEN LOVE (AGAPE) AND IT NEVER FAILS
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, NKJV)
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—“…it is the gift of God,” (Ephesians 2:4–5, 8, ESV)
“Love never fails…” (1 Corinthians 13:8, NJKV)
Life Group Questions are:
What is chosen love?
What is the sign of the second coming of the Lord Jesus and the end of the age?
Why will the love of people grow cold, as the last days approach?
How can we keep from becoming cold hearted and unloving?