Growing in Love



Series A: Love in Speech

1. Tell the Truth

Ephesians 4:15
niv

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

Ephesians 4:15


2. Tell the Truth

Colossians 3:9
niv

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.

Colossians 3:9


3. Avoid Gossip

Proverbs 17:9
niv

He who covers over an offense promotes love,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:9


4. Avoid Gossip

Proverbs 11:13
niv

A gossip betrays a confidence,
but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.

Proverbs 11:13


5. Speak Graciously

Colossians 4:5–6
niv

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:5–6


6. Speak Graciously

Proverbs 15:1
niv

A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:1


7. Admit Sin

James 5:16
niv

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

James 5:16


8. Admit Sin

Matthew 5:23–24
niv

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.”

Matthew 5:23–24


9. Listen

James 1:19
niv

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

James 1:19


10. Listen

Proverbs 18:13
niv

He who answers before listening—
that is his folly and his shame.

Proverbs 18:13


11. Accept Reproof

Proverbs 9:8–9
niv

Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;
rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

Proverbs 9:8–9


12. Accept Reproof

Matthew 18:15
niv

“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.”

Matthew 18:15


Series B: Love in Response

13. Forgive Others

Ephesians 4:32
niv

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32


14. Forgive Others

Colossians 3:13
niv

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Colossians 3:13


15. Be Patient

Ephesians 4:2
niv

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Ephesians 4:2


16. Be Patient

2 Timothy 2:24–25
niv

And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Timothy 2:24–25


17. Control Anger

Ephesians 4:26
niv

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.

Ephesians 4:26


18. Control Anger

Colossians 3:8
niv

But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

Colossians 3:8


19. Overcome Bitterness

Hebrews 12:15
esv

See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.

Hebrews 12:15


20. Overcome Bitterness

Ephesians 4:31
niv

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

Ephesians 4:31


21. Endure Injustice

1 Peter 2:20–21
niv

But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

1 Peter 2:20–21


22. Endure Injustice

Romans 12:19
niv

Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

Romans 12:19


23. Avoid Jealousy

Proverbs 27:4
niv

Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming,
but who can stand before jealousy?

Proverbs 27:4


24. Avoid Jealousy

James 3:16
niv

For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

James 3:16


Series C: Love in Action

25. Live in Harmony

Romans 15:5–6
niv

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 15:5–6


26. Live in Harmony

1 Corinthians 1:10
niv

I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.

1 Corinthians 1:10


27. Serve Others

Matthew 20:26–27
niv

“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave.”

Matthew 20:26–27


28. Serve Others

Galatians 5:13
nasb

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Galatians 5:13


29. Put Others First

Romans 15:2
niv

Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

Romans 15:2


30. Put Others First

Romans 12:10
niv

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Romans 12:10


31. Encourage One Another

1 Thessalonians 5:11
niv

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11


32. Encourage One Another

Ecclesiastes 4:9–10
niv

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!

Ecclesiastes 4:9–10


33. Be Compassionate

Matthew 9:36
niv

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Matthew 9:36


34. Be Compassionate

Romans 12:15
niv

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

Romans 12:15


35. Be Gentle

James 3:17
niv

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

James 3:17


36. Be Gentle

Galatians 6:1
esv

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

Galatians 6:1


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