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2 Peter 1:7
7 And [de] to [en] godliness [eusebeia]
brotherly kindness [philadelphia]; and [de] to [en] brotherly kindness [philadelphia] charity [agape]. KJV-Interlinear
7 and in your godliness,
brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. NASB
When you begin to live
the spiritual life, which begins with your initial desire to learn, then
listening, then learning, then adopting a consistent daily study, your growth
will take on a mature state of poise in your life and demeanor.
In the spiritual life, you
first begin to learn orientation to God through doctrine.Then you begin to learn orientation to people
as well as yourself.
As your petty annoyances
begin to subside, or at least you begin to tolerate them, then you begin to
develop a tolerance for people.And we
all know that there can be some pretty obnoxious people out there in the world.
Some may be our
neighbors, some we interact with at work, some we see in the media, some we
deal with while commuting back and forth between work and home, while on the
road, while shopping, and so forth.
So, brotherly kindness
is tolerance with people.And tolerance
begins with taking into consideration the many opinions and personalities that
you will run into in life.And believe
it or not, not everyone out there is going to agree with you.In fact most folks will disagree with you,
most of the time.
As you get deeper and
deeper into your Bible study, then you will find even more folks will disagree
tolerance has it limitations.And those
limitations exist only within truth, not the lies of the world.
Agape, is one of the
three words for love, which are used in the Bible.This word, agape in its various forms, is
the word for the principle of love, or the policy. It deals with the
application of truth, or the principles, precepts, guidelines, standards which come
One of the many areas
where this relationship with people falters, is in the peer pressures that
exist between teens.The phrase, rat
out, is a good example. For example, someone commits a crime, and others
refuse to tell on him because they don t want to rat him out. Their loyalty
to the crime or the lie, is greater than their loyalty to truth.
Another example deals
with the discipline of children.Society
has hammered into this generation that it is wrong to discipline children.This teaches children that authority is of no
importance, or good behavior is of no importance.And of course this is all satanic in nature
in that any attack against truth, is a device for destroying a generation of
You can still love your
child while you are correcting him or her.Good disciplinary practices help them learn and grow up.It also helps them to orient to life, and to
live a better life.
God hammers us all in
order to help us keep our eyes on Him, on truth, on our spiritual life.Does He love us any less?No.He
loves us all the more, especially when we respond to His discipline and grow up
as better people.
You can have a good life
and you can have good relationships with people, but there are principles that
guide those relationships.Do not get into
the wrong crowd, just because you want to be a part of a certain group.If their motives or morals are wrong, then
you are better off by backing out.
Bible doctrine helps
you keep your eyes on truth, and helps you make the right choices in life.It also helps you be a more relaxed and
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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