Chapter Four, Lesson One
LIVING IN HARMONY Page
V. 5 (cont'd.)
** You might be thinking, "Oh great - I have to be the one, but
from where will I get this patience?"
It is already residing within us! cf. Galatians 5:22
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience .
. ." makrothumia lit. long suffering
** Stuck right in the middle of these four steps, Paul places a motivational
reminder, what is it?
"The Lord is near" - rather than referring to the soon coming
of our Lord, Paul is here referring to the close proximity of our Lord.
cf. Psalm 119:151
V. 6 ** Ok - We rejoice always, we are patient with all, now what
is the third step which allows us to be "Living in Harmony"?
3) "Be anxious for nothing..."
** How does anxiety cause division in the Body?
If I am preoccupied with worry over something that someone else has
said or done which might cause division, I have allowed my focus to
become blurred and it will limit my own effectiveness in showing love
to those very same brothers or sisters.
** Still here in verse six, what is the fourth and final step?
4) Pray for one another!
** What qualifier does the middle of this verse add to our prayers?
** Given the context, for whom do you suppose we should express thankfulness?
For the very people we are having problems with!
You can imagine how quickly both Euodia and Syntyche began "Living
in Harmony" as they applied Paul's instruction here and began
thanking God for each other!
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