Be sure to read each of the scriptures below before proceeding to the notes that follow. Hopefully these scriptures sound familiar since they were part of your assignment in our Ladies Night Out post.
Genesis 33:1-4 – Jacob meets Esau
- How did Jacob’s prioritizing of his family show where authentic love existed for him?
- Jacob wasn’t sure how Esau would react to him, so he made plans for the safety of the ones he loved most authentically.
- Esau showed forgiveness, and this allowed both Jacob and Esau to be authentic in their show of emotions toward one another.
Ruth 1:16-18 – Ruth Commits to Naomi
- Ruth’s loyalty (her actions) toward Naomi showed her authentic love.
- Do we see this type of devotion in relationships today?
1 Samuel 18:1-4 – Jonathan & David Meet
- Note that this event took place right after David defeated Goliath.
- Ever had an immediate, authentic bond with someone like David and Jonathan had?
- Jonathan’s actions proved the authenticity of his love for David.
2 Samuel 9:6-7 – David shows kindness to Jonathan’s son.
- David’s actions provide the authenticity of his love for Jonathan.
2 Kings 5:1-4 – Naaman is Healed
- This young girl’s compassion showed authentic love for another, even someone who had taken her from her family and basically made her a slave.
Hosea 3:1-3 – Hosea’s Symbolic Marriage
- The book of Hosea shows a man’s authentic love toward his unfaithful wife and God’s authentic love toward an unfaithful people.
Matthew 9:9-13 – Jesus Eats with Tax Collectors and Sinners
- Jesus shows His authentic love toward sinners.
Matthew 19:4-6 – Two Become One in Marriage
- God intended marriage to be so authentic that two people cease to exist separately.
- Only in authentic love can two truly become one.
Acts 9:15-19 – Ananias Prays for Paul
- Ananias’ authentic love for God was shown in his obedience.
- God’s authentic love transformed Paul’s life.