HOW IS THE GLOBAL CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT (GCM) PURPOSE MET?
1. If your role in life was exchanged with another, how would you behave with that individual?
2. How do you decide how to behave?
More questions to come -- in the meantime, what is your innermost honest and private answer to these two questions?
Hint: God knows what your are thinking and doing ALL the time. There are no "time-outs" from His eyes.
Perhaps your answer is to expect others to treat you like you want to be treated; or is it to treat others like you would like to be treated.
A serious thinker could ponder the meaning of the word "love", so here is some food for thought:
A. Matthew 5:14-16(NIV) Let your love be bright.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
B. John 13:34-35(NIV) Love one another.
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
C. Galatians 5:13(NIV)Life by the Spirit with self-control.
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Footnotes: Galatians 5:13 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit
D. Romans 12:13(NIV) Be charitable (Latin word is caritas, origin of word charity).
13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.
E. 1 Peter 4:9(NIV) Be cheerful and hospitable to each other.
9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
F. Matthew 7:12(NIV) Treat others as you would like to be treated (if your roles in life were reversed).
12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
G. Colossians 4:5-6(NIV) Use your words wisely, not as a sword to injure others.
5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
H. Romans 12:3(NIV)Humble Service in the Body of Christ.
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
I. 1 Corinthians 10:31-33(NIV) God is standing next to you ALL the time.
31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.
J. Romans 12:9-21(NIV)Love in Action
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. [a] Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[b] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[c]
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:16 Or willing to do menial work
Romans 12:19 Deut. 32:35
Romans 12:20 Prov. 25:21,22
K. 1 Corinthians 13 (NIV) The popular definition of love in the Bible.
13:1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:1 Or languages
1 Corinthians 13:3 Some manuscripts body to the flames
NIV quotes above are from www.BibleGateway.com
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