When It's Hard to Love

When It's Hard to Love

Does it ever get easier to love cruel or obnoxious people?
Single Session Bible Study


"If God is really in us in the form of the Holy Spirit, shouldn't it be easy to love one another– That's a "Good Question" asked by a CHRISTIANITY TODAY reader. In this study, we'll examine David Gushee's answer to that question in the light of Scripture. And we'll seek ways to apply our findings to our personal relationships.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: John 1:10, 8:44; Romans 3:19, 21–26, 7:21–25; 1 Corinthians 3:19, 13:4–8; 2 Corinthians 11:3–15; Galatians 5:16–26; Revelation 12:13–17


• Identify the Current Issue

• Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: It's hard to love because our sanctification is incomplete.

Teaching point two: It's hard to love because love means war.

Teaching point three: It's hard to love because the objects of our love are sinners like us and sometimes we just don't want to.

• Apply Your Findings


The Struggle to Love, by David Gushee (2003)

Total number of pages11

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