Start by reviewing this week’s passage and key points.
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
- Matthew 22:34-39 NIV
- He relentlessly pursues us even when we don’t pursue Him.
- He doesn’t give us what we deserve.
- He meets us all the way.
"Whatever you believe about you is mostly based on what you told you about yourself."
God's Mirror List:
- I love you.
- I'm grateful for you.
- You're a rare and beautiful treasure.
- I forgive you.
- I'll hold you to high standards with appropriate amounts of grace and mercy.
- You have a special calling.
- I'm cheering for you, and I believe in you.
How far do you want to take your group? Choose from these suggestions to tailor the discussion to suit your group.
- What’s the second best pop song of all time (after Man in the Mirror of course)?
- How would you describe your love for God?
- How might your life look different if you truly loved God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength?
- Which feels harder for you to put into practice—loving God or loving your neighbor?
- What are some things besides loving others that people try to do to please God?
- How are your relationships going? Be general and specific.
- Who do you know is hardest for you to love? What’s broken about that relationship?
- What kind of people or group of people do you have a hard time loving?
- What space have you left in your life for your relationship with God? How might you expect your relationship with God to grow if you gave it more space?
- Spend time discussing the facets of who Jesus is and why He came. How does building wonder and awe for Jesus give you better perspective on what God’s love looks like.
- Go through the list on the mirror in the notes. Which of those things is the hardest to believe that God sees in you?
- How does what God says about you come through in your relationships with others?
- What have you received from God in a shovel that you dispense with a spoon?
Live It Out
End with a challenge to take action. Choose a closing question to help each person identify their next steps.
- How would your week be different if you used a shovel instead of a spoon in your relationships?
- What’s going on in your life that requires some extra shovelfuls of grace? How can our group surround you with love and prayer to share God’s grace with you?