How To Love When It’s Hard

Romans 12:17-21   |   Sermon Resources     10 October 2021


Sermon Summary

In the sermon this week Pastor Billy preaches from the final passage in Romans 12 where Paul calls us to love even those who hate us.


Discussion Questions

  1. Briefly share a story of a time when you were radically loved by others.
  2. What do we learn in this passage about the nature of Christian love? How is it different from the “love” we might find in the world?
  3. What does Paul tell us NOT to do in this passage? What does he tell us to do instead?
  4. Why is it so hard to practice the kind of love Paul describes in this passage?
  5. How do you tend to respond with difficult people or situations: (1) Do you tend to get loud and dominate? (2) Or do you tend to get quiet and withdraw?
  6. What might be “heart” issues that drive us to respond the way we do?
  7. Of all the commands Paul gives in this passage, which is most challenging for you? How so?
  8. Go back and read Romans 12:1. How does Romans 12:1 help to make sense of our passage this week?


For the Family

  1. Memorize: Romans 12:1-2 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
  2. Read: Matthew 5:38-48 and discuss what Jesus says about loving our enemies.
  3. Discuss: Why is it so hard to love others? What could motivate us to love like Jesus loved?


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