Disclaimer: These notes are additional insights we found to be helpful while studying from the Sabbath School Bible Study Guide. Our intent is NOT to replace the study guide, but to complement it.
The memory text for this week's lesson is:
"For now there are faith, hope, and love. But of these three, the greatest is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13, CEV)
Quote: "Now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three," --faith, which takes hold of Omnipotence and refuses to be baffled; hope, which turns the future triumphs of the good and the true into present encouragement and joy; and love, which consecrates all to God and for God.
Ellen G. White, Sons and Daughters of God, p. 193.5
I John 4 is suggested as scripture to "Read for This Week's Study".
To Enjoy Perfect Love
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
This is an important statement; for there are many who desire to love and serve God, and yet when afflictions come upon them, they do not discern the love of God in it, but the hand of the enemy. They mourn and murmur and complain; but this is not seeking to injure us, but that in the midst of trials, and griefs, and pains, He is seeking to make us perfect, and to test the quality of our faith. When we cease to worry about the future, and begin to belive that God loves us, and means to do us good, we shall trust Him as a child trusts a loving parent. Then our troubles and torments will disappear, and our will will be swallowed up in the will of God.
Through an abiding Christ you will become Christlike in character. The Lord desires you to stand by His side, as a kind, patient, humble son of God. The Lord designs that the labors in His service shall represent His Love. ...
Our relations with one another should be pleasant. When we do right, the testimony of our own spirit and the testimony of the Spirit of God bear witness that the human mind is under the control of the divine mind. ... His Word furnishes evidence from which we may draw the conclusion that we are indeed His sons and daughters. ... True love for God carries with it true, reverential trust. And he who loves God will love his brother also.
Ellen G. White, Sons and Daugthers of God, p. 193.1 to 193.4