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5PPBSG C2.2018 text.indd 40Love, the Greatest GiftKey References: 1 Corinthians 13; Steps to Christ, chap. 1, pp. 11-15; The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary,Ellen G. White Comments, vol. 6, pp. 1091, 1092; The Bible Story (1994), vol. 10, pp. 128-131; Our Beliefs, nos. 23,10, 146/15/17 10:08 AM

Do you find it difficult to love some people? Have you everread 1 Corinthians 13 and wondered how you could havethe qualities described? Do you think it’s even possible?Let’s read about Tina and her family to see how the qualities described in this chapter could be applied to our livestoday.Sabbather poinowt“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But thegreatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).ppowertextDO this week’sactivity on page46.God’s familymembers showlove to oneanother.Love is patient, love is kind. . . . It always protects, always trusts,always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians13:4-8). This was a very familiar Bible passage for Tina and her twobrothers. The message was simple, and it made so much sense. Tinadidn’t think it would be difficult to love others, as the Bible teaches,but she was in for a surprise!Tina was 10 when her parents decided to raise foster children. Herfamily wanted to share the blessings God had given them with thoseless fortunate. Over the years, God rewarded their desire by sendingthem a total of 75 children! Tina and her brothers gladly accepted thechildren and shared their toys with them. They also shared laughter,tears, birthdays, holidays, their parents, and, most of all, the love ofJesus.One time Tina’s parents gave each of the children a gift. The children enjoyed their gifts and played with them throughout the day. Asshe went to sleep that evening, Tina placed her new gift on top of herdresser. The next morning when she woke up she noticed that her giftwas not where she had left it. Had it fallen on the floor? Did she leave itin the living room? Tina looked all over her room, but couldn’t find it.41PPBSG C2.2018 text.indd 416/15/17 10:08 AM

Sunday“Love, the Greatest Gift.”THINK How have your ideas about love changed sinceyou were a child?LEARN Begin to learn the power text, 1 Corinthians13:13. Practice it every day.PRAY Ask God to show you this week what He wantsyou to know about love.MondayREAD Read 1 Corinthians 13. Why do you think it isimportant to read this chapter every day?WRITE In your Bible study journal, list good things thatare meaningless if done without love.PRAY Ask God to give you the gift of love.Tuesday5Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.ASK Using this passage, ask yourself such questions as,“Am I patient and kind?” Choose one of the traits in thepassage and spend the next 24 hours practicing thattrait.PRAY Thank God for giving you an example of how tolove through Jesus’ power.READ“Mother, have you seen my gift box?”asked Tina, coming down the steps andgoing into the kitchen.“No,” said Mom. “Didn’t you take it toyour room last night?”“Yes, I thought I did,” said Tina, looking troubled, “but I can’t find it.”Entering the dining room, Tina foundher brothers talking intensely about theirmissing gifts. It didn’t take long beforeTina noticed that there were emptyREAD42PPBSG C2.2018 text.indd 426/15/17 10:09 AM

chairs at the table. Just then Dad came inwith the report:“Andy has run away!” Dad’s voice wasfilled with anxiety. “He’s not in his room,and I couldn’t find him anywhere aroundthe house or on the street.” The childrenall looked up in shock and disbelief. All ofa sudden Andy’s disappearance becamethe focus of heated discussion.“This solves the mystery of the missing gifts!” Tina thought out loud. She washurt that Andy would do this to them,especially after they had opened theirhearts and home to him. Mom and Dadwere very sad as well that Andy had leftand stolen the gifts from the children.“My children,” said Dad, getting everyone’s attention. “Andy has never had ahome or things that belonged to him. Ifyou have nothing of your own, it can bedifficult to respect other people’s things.I want you to understand that Andydidn’t mean to hurt us. He would like tohave a home of his own.”“Andy will come back to us,” saidMom on a hopeful and confident tone.“Until then, we have something to do.We must remember that God loves eachone of us. He has forgiven us, and ifwe follow His example, we should alsoforgive others when they do wrong to us.In Ephesians 4:32 we read, ‘Be kind andcompassionate to one another, forgivingeach other, just as in Christ God forgave43PPBSG C2.2018 text.indd 436/15/17 10:09 AM

WednesdayRead 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.THINK Think of something unselfish that you can dofor someone today (such as spending free time helpinghim or her).PRAY Ask God to help you practice love without beinglike a “clanging cymbal.” Use love in everything you do.ThursdayRead 1 Corinthians 13:11-13.THINK Why do you think Paul talks (in verse 11) aboutbeing a child and being an adult in a passage aboutlove?SING Sing “Jesus Loves Me.”PRAY Ask Jesus to help you love others the way Heloves you.Friday5Read 1 Corinthians 13 again.THINK Why is love greater than hope or faith?DO With your family, light a candle at the beginningof the Sabbath. As each person passes it to another, tellwhat you love about the other family members.PRAY Thank God for lighting up your life with His love.Ask Him to help you be a light by loving others aroundyou.READREADREADyou.’ Let’s pray that God will help us findAndy.”The family prayed for Andy and askedGod to help them forgive him. Later thatafternoon Andy was found. He was sorryfor what he had done. Tina was still hurtand a little angry, but she rememberedher parents’ words.At the evening meal Tina sat rightnext to Andy and thought to herself, Nowis my chance to show love and forgivenessto my brother. She said a quick prayer asking God to help her love Andy, althoughshe didn’t feel like being kind to him.Andy slouched in his chair and startedgobbling up the food on his plate. Thefamily members tried to include him inconversation, but he didn’t seem eagerto talk. Then Tina broke the silence:“Andy, we are glad that you returnedhome!” She was smiling as she continued. “We missed playing with you today!How good to know that our team iscomplete again.” Tina felt peace, and sheknew that God had helped her forgiveher foster brother.One afternoon a few days later shesat thinking of Andy and how she hadfelt when she had found out he had runaway. It was then she realized that wehurt God when we run away from Him.She remembered what Dad had read in1 Corinthians 13:4-8 at worship: “Love ispatient, love is kind . . . It always protects,always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” So, right thenand there, Tina decided that by God’sgrace she would nurture a spirit of loveand forgiveness toward others.God loves us so much, and He wantsus to love others the way He loves us.Will you allow His love to change you?Will you love others God’s way?44PPBSG C2.2018 text.indd 446/15/17 10:10 AM

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PUZZLE5LIVE UP TO YOURHIGH CALLINGInstructions: Just as you want to get rid of these sins in your life, cross off thefollowing sins from the letters below them. The words formed from the remaining letters reveal a Bible verse that tells us how to live up to our high calling inChrist Jesus.immoralityhatredimpuritydiscordselfish ambitionidolatryjealousydissensionswitchcraftfits of (1 Timothy 4:12).46PPBSG C2.2018 text.indd 466/15/17 10:10 AM

13:4-8). This was a very familiar Bible passage for Tina and her two brothers. The message was simple, and it made so much sense. Tina didn’t think it would be diffi cult to love others, as the Bible teaches, but she was in for a surprise! Tina was 10 when her parents decided to raise foster children. Her

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