Lesson 44: “God Is Love”

New Testament Class Member Study Guide, (1997), 25–26


  • What word did John use to describe Heavenly Father in 1 John 4:8, 16? Why is this an appropriate word?

  • Read 1 John 4:9–10. What manifestation of God’s love did John mention in these verses? (See also John 3:16; 1 John 5:11; 2 Nephi 9:10.) How does sending his Son to atone for our sins manifest Heavenly Father’s love for us?

  • John taught that Heavenly Father will answer our prayers if we ask according to His will (1 John 5:14–15). How has prayer helped you feel Heavenly Father’s love?

  • How did John describe those who claim to love God but do not “love one another”? (See 1 John 2:9, 11; 3:14–15, 17; 4:20.) Why is our love for others a measure of our love of God?

  • Why do parents receive such joy when they “hear that [their] children walk in truth”? (3 John 1:4).

Suggestion for Family Discussion

Tell the family that you are going to go exploring together. Then take a walk or ride, looking for things that help family members see that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love them. When a family member finds something that shows the love of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, write it down. When you have finished exploring, read the list you have made together.

As part of this family discussion, you may want to sing together “Where Love Is” (Children’s Songbook, 138–39).

Scripture Chain: “He That Loveth His Brother Abideth in the Light”