Today I want to show you a way of small group life that is best of all.
A great small group is patient and kind with one another.
The members of a great small group are not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
In a great small group, people do not demand their own way.They seek God’s way. They look not to their own interests but the interests of others.
People in a great small group are not irritable with one another, and they keeps no records of being wronged.They confess their sins to each other, pray for each other, and forgive one another.
A great small group does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
A great small group never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
A great small group is known more by how they love one another and the world around them than what they study, who leads the group, where and when they meet, how many people are in the group, or even what the group has accomplished.
A good small group is the body of Christ where each person is an important part of it, where each person uses the spiritual gifts they have to carry out God’s mission.
But a great small group is not about the group members or even their gifts. A great group overflows what God has poured into them.
And God is love.
If a small group is known for the depth of their discussions but don’t love other people, they are just making a lot of noise.
If they are known for their superior knowledge of the Scriptures, their pure and sound doctrine, and a mountain-moving faith, but don’t love others, they might as well not even meet.
If a small group is known for their sacrificial giving, serving of others in need, and their evangelistic zeal, but they do all this without truly loving others, they miss the point.
A good small group is faithful, has hope, and loves.
And the GREATEST of these is love.
Thanks to the apostle Paul and the Holy Spirit for inspiration! 1 Corinthians 13.
On a scale of 1-100, how is your group doing at love? Why? Scroll down and comment!