After reviewing the message notes and verses, write down the following:
Who do I need to begin (or increase) showing this kind of love to?
What makes choosing to love some people in my church difficult?
When I read that I am to “make every effort” in learning to love this way, what roadblocks come to mind?
Do I believe that God can give me the capacity to show genuine “brotherly affection” to those
around me that I currently don’t like? Why?
10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. 12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Colossians 3:10-15 (NLT)
What is one positive action I can take this week to show brotherly affection to someone in our church?