Experiencing God's Best Plan in Relationships
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Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, humble-minded.
I. Our ability to be Likeminded is dependent upon our embracing God's agenda
A. Dead to self-Alive to God (Rom 6:11) creates Biblical Unity 1Pt 2:1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure milk of the Word, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from temporal desires, which war against your soul.
B. Biblical Standard of Unity Phil 2:2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
II. Our ability to engage in Brotherly Love is dependent upon experiencing Christ's transforming love
A. God meets our needs so we're free to meet the needs of others 1Pt 1:22 Since you have purified yourselves/souls by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply/fervently from the heart.
B Basis of Blamelessness 1Thess 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: 13 To the end he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. 1Thess 4:9 re: brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another
Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectionate/devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
1Jn 3:11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain...why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. 14We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him. 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
Luke 6:7 Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them... 37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
III. Our ability to be Humbly Other-Centered is dependent upon our appropriating Christ's Character
A. Character In helping others up the mountain, we climb it ourselves Phil 2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:
1. Do you think most people have the kinds of relationships God intends? Why or why not?