Family Devotional Guide - 11/13/22
This week’s Family Devotional Guide is based on our Scripture reading for Sunday, Luke 6:27-36. For context, this psalm is considered one of the “Songs of Ascents,” psalms that were sung by worshipers as they ascended the temple mount to worship at the temple on certain feast days.
Scripture: Luke 6:27-31; Leviticus 19:18
Discussion: This section in Luke’s gospel follows the beatitudes (vv. 20-23) & woes (vv. 24-26). Beginning in v. 27, Jesus focuses his attention on the command to love our enemies. Why was this teaching so resisted by some in Jesus’ day (and ours)? Why is it so hard to love our enemies? Discuss how Jesus’ teaching connects to Leviticus 19:18.
Song: “Make Me a Blessing” by George S. Schuler & Ira B. Wilson
Scripture: Luke 6:32-35
Discussion: In this section, Jesus defends his teaching about loving enemies by giving supporting arguments. His main point is that if you just love those who love you in return, then you are not behaving in a particularly godly manner; you are just doing what a lost and dying world might do. As we consider loving our enemies, why is it so important to consider that God is watching and will reward (v. 35)? Discuss whether you find yourself mindful of God’s presence watching over what you do. How would being more aware of His watching eye change your behavior?
Song: “Indescribable” by Jesse Reeves & Laura Story
Scripture: Luke 6:36
Discussion: Discuss the mercy of God. Why is it important that our mercy is rooted in the mercifulness of God? Why should His mercy motivate us to show mercy, and how can the way we show mercy emulate the Father’s mercy for us? Pray for the Lord to grant you a merciful heart.
Song: “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” by Stuart Townend