You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
[mimnesko] them that are in bonds [desmios], as [hos] bound with them [sundeo]; and them which suffer adversity [kakoucheo], as [hos] being [on] yourselves [autos] also [kai] in [en] the body [soma]. KJV-Interlinear
the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated,
since you yourselves also are in the body. NASB
The golden rule applies, or
should apply throughout your life. You
should not discriminate between people when dealing with them. You should treat everyone equally with
kindness, courtesy, and empathy where appropriate.
12 Therefore, however you
want people to treat you, so treat them
Don t look to the rich and
be more courteous to them than you would a poor person. This is an important principle especially to
business owners. Even if someone cannot
afford the things you offer, that is no reason to treat them with discourtesy.
If you are in a better
position than another person, you have an obligation to help them to the extent
that you are able. If you are in a
lesser position than another person, then you have an obligation not to entreat
them. Never imply that you are in need
and that they could certainly help you out.
Deceitful begging is inappropriate behavior for anyone.
Lots of folks try to get
ahead by means of the coattails of those who are successful. But if God wants to promote you, you will be
promoted in life. No one can prevent
that from happening. If God does not
want to promote you, then nothing you can do will get you what you want.
Your first obligation in
life is to look to God by means of your spiritual life. He is the source of all things. He provides you with everything you will ever
have in life. So do not look to the
world, do not look to other people.
Honor God with your spiritual growth and God will bring all of the
circumstances together in your life that will get you where God wants you to
And God knows better what
is best for your life, than even you know.
Treat everyone well. Place yourself in the position of others and
consider what it is you would want. Then
Courtesy does not mean that
you have to adopt the homeless and move them into your home, but you can make
their lives better through charity certainly.
Likewise, when you interact
with people at work, or socially, or in whatever manner, be consistent in how
you behave. No begging. No brown nosing. No noses protruding skyward.
The Christian should be
courteous and unassuming. The Christian
life is no place for boasting, no place for pretensions, no place for
ostentatious behavior, no place for ridicule, no place for condescension.
No Christian is better than
The Christian advancing in
their spiritual life, should be more than aware of his own depraved state in
his sin nature infested physical body, and consequently should consider the
difficulties of others without hostility, or judgment, or criticism. When others are in trouble, we can be there
for them, we can give aid where appropriate, we can pray for Gods help where we
are incapable of helping.
We are all prisoners in one
sense or another. Either prisoners to
our physical existence in this world, prisoners to our own thoughts or
attitudes, or even prisoners in a criminal or civil sense. No person is perfect and there is certainly
no such thing as a superior human being.
This world will float all
manner of temptations past our eyes and ears, and while those temptations are
not sin to us in themselves, we should not invite them into our hearts in order
to entertain them within our soul, thus making them sin in our lives.
Therefore be alert with
respect to how you treat others. You have no right to elevate yourself in the
presence of others, nor should you grovel before others.
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.