2. Why have some been stumbled?
Some have have allowed themselves to be stumbled by the imperfections of others. But the love that exists among those in the Christian congregation is indeed remarkable. Some have concentrated on the flaws of fellow witnesses.
6. How does God’s Word emphasize the importance of love?
Many verses in the scriptures emphasize the importance of love. Scriptures such as “God is love.” (1 John 4:8) “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt. 22:39) “Love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Pet. 4:8) “Love never fails.” all show the importance of love between true Christians.
14. In what kind of environment did Jesus’ apostles grow up?
They had grown up in an environment where the religious leaders placed great emphasis on pride, ambition, prominence, self-righteousness and position.
15. What can we learn from the incident involving James and John?
What matters is not only what other people do but also how we react to their mistakes and shortcomings. When we are upset with a fellow believer, we can ask ourselves: ‘Why does what he did bother me so much? Does it reveal a negative trait that I need to work on? Could it be that the person who upset me is dealing with a difficulty? Even if I feel that I am justified for being upset, can I show unselfish love by overlooking the offense?’
How did Jesus show love to his apostles?
He was realistic in what he expected of his disciples and did not overreact when they fell short. Rather, he lovingly helped them. He patiently helped them overcome their pride and ambition and replace those with love.