A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” –John 13:34–35
What is agape love? Why are we commanded to have it? Why is agape love so important? How are we to love one another as Jesus loves us? Let’s examine the Lord’s instructions for us to love one another.
The subject of forgiveness is both uncomfortable as well as powerful. Forgiveness has the power to change a person’s life for eternity. There are over 75 word pictures in Scripture of forgiveness. –To Forgive is to turn the key, open the cell door and let the prisoner go free. –To Forgive is to loose the anchor and set the ship free to sail. –To Forgive is to give a full pardon to a condemned and sentenced criminal. –To Forgive is to loosen a stranglehold on an opponent. –To Forgive is to pound the gavel in a court room and declare ‘Not Guilty’. In this lesson we examine the what, why and how of forgiving one another.
“Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding will draw it out.” (Proverbs 20:5)
As we study the One Another passages of the New Testament, we are called to spiritual understanding, which includes understanding one another. Let’s look at seven keys to understanding one another in order to build one another up in the faith.
“I went in through the treasury of wisdom and I drew for myself the waters of understanding.”
– Queen of Sheba, inscription 10th century B.C.
Understanding is one of the seven pillars of wisdom found in Proverbs 9:1; 8:12-14. We are called to grow in spiritual understanding, which affects every area of life, including our relationships with one another. Let’s examine the need for understanding to help one another get to heaven (1 Peter 3:7-9).
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