Chapter Three, Lesson Two
PUTTING ON LOVE Page
** It is good to see that by the choices we make, we can be involved
in the high calling of bringing glory to God. However, according to Paul,
how did we become saved in the first place?
We "...have been chosen by God..." - Our obedience is a choice
we make. When we are successful, it is because of God's grace enabling
us to obey. But our salvation is something else entirely. We were first
chosen by God, at a time when we were still His enemy.
cf. 2Thessalonians 2:13, 2Timothy 1:9
** What further description does Paul add to the fact that God chose
us for salvation?
We are chosen and holy and beloved. God elected us to be:
holy - hagios (set apart) from sin to Him
beloved - agapao (to love) It is amazing that our gracious God
would so love us. He uses another form of this word to describe His
love for His own Son.
cf. Matthew 3:17, 12:18, 17:5 agapetos
** God has done so much for us, what does He want us to do for Him according
"Put on a heart of..." enduo lit."to put on clothes
or envelope in". Paul follows that phrase with six specific things
we need to "put on", while we are "Putting Aside Sin"
** Here in verse 12, Paul gives us the first five items which need to
be included in the wardrobe our heart. Let's look at them one at a time.
1) compassion - means "pity, mercy or sympathy", a
Christlike characteristic which meets the needs of others who have no
resources. cf. Luke 6:34-36 and James 5:11
2) kindness - this Greek term is referring to the grace which
pervades the entire person. The kind person is truly as concerned about
his neighbor's need as he is for his own.
cf. Romans 2:4
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