Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery, Part 90. This treasure in "earthen vessels" reveals the surpassing greatness of the power of God. Part 2.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
The importance of our relationship with one another, verses 12-17.
Mat 11:28-30 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.
There are two things to aim at in life, first to get what you want, second, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
Contentment does not mean you are really enjoying the life that God has given you; it means that you are willing to accept it no matter what.
Jam 1:3-4 Knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
If you are not finding happiness in the struggles of life, you will not find it at all.
Ecc 11:7 - happiness is for TODAY - not tomorrow.
Human limitation is a fact of life, a hard truth that makes life easier when we accept it.
Were all ordinary people, said G. K. Chesterton, and its the extraordinary people who know it.
2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves;
This does not refer to marriage.
The Living Bible - for the results can be much better.
We gain what is called today in our technical world - input.
A winters day,
I have my walls,
Dont talk of love,
Heb 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
To man, friendship is indispensable and to that one who has no need and feels no need for it, he must be either much above the human nature or much below it.
Take a ladder, was Constantines advice to such a one, and climb up to heaven by thyself.
1Co 1:12 Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, I am of Paul, and I of Apollos, and I of Cephas, and I of Christ.
But our self-confidence is our stumbling block.
He wears down our noble determination through the frustrations of life and He squeezes out of us every piece of our self-confidence by disappointment and defeat.
When can-do cant, He shows us that He can, and therefore we can.
Job 23:14 For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such decrees are with Him.
The demands that have been placed on us are now demands on Him.
Phi 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
To persuade ourselves that we are something when we are nothing is terrible loss; to confess that we are nothing is to lay the foundation of being something.
He reminds us of TLJC, Emmanuel (God with us), who spent a seemingly inordinate amount of time eating, fishing, strolling by the sea, chatting, going to parties, being neighborly.
Pro 18:24 A man that desires friends must show himself friendly.
The other element in Pauls work was impartation: I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house, verse 20.
Like Jonathan, who went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God, 1Sa 23:16, a real friend is one who leaves another with a word that strengthens his grip on God.
My word... will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it, Isa 55:11.
The simplest things are often the most spiritual things of all, 2Co 11:3-4.
Joh 15:12 this is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.
1Jo 3:23 and this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.
Impersonal love excludes emotion, while personal love has great emotional function.
Impersonal love emphasizes the integrity of the subject, while personal love emphasizes the attractiveness of the object.
Impersonal love excludes carrying a grudge.
Impersonal love among believers includes respect for the imputed perfect righteousness residing in others.
Impersonal love is the relaxed mental attitude from the filling of the Holy Spirit rather than overt friendliness or gushy hypocrisy.
Rom 5:5; Gal 5:22 - both teach that the filling of the Holy Spirit produces impersonal love.
Under impersonal love the believer functions under his own standards rather than being influenced by flattery, attraction, attention, or reciprocation.
Not only does the impersonal love of the Royal Family honor code exclude mental attitude sins and verbal sins, but it demands toleration, respect for privacy, and avoidance of distracting anyone from doctrine.