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Led by the Spirit - Part 4

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V.17 (cont’d.)

** Why would the Lord want us to behave in a manner that would honor all men?

Our respecting the lives of others can open the door of their heart to hear the gospel. We need to respect those to whom we are giving the good news about Jesus Christ.
cf. 1Peter 3:15

** How do unsaved men and women feel about others?

They can only view others through their selfish hearts and as such, they do not truly care for them.

** How does God feel toward all men?

He loves them and wants them to be saved! cf. John 3:16 and 2Peter 3:9

** Alright then, who are we to be like?

God, our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ; which is why we are to “honor all men”.

2) Love the brotherhood - lit. “the brotherhood keep on loving.

** Can anyone remember another portion of Scripture which was dedicated to encouraging us to love the brethren?

1Peter 1:22 - “...fervently love one another...”
Romans 12:10 - “Be devoted to one another...”
Hebrews 13:1 - “Let love of the brethren continue.”

** What impact would the body of Christ have upon the unsaved world around us if we fulfilled this command?

John 13:34-35 - “By this men will know...”

3) Fear God - The commentator D.Edmond Hiebert compares this fear to Proverbs 1:7 and 8:13. It is an awesome, reverence and fear.

** Hiebert states the phrase “fear God” as, “God keep on revering”. What impact would the fear of God have on the believer’s walk?

A four-fold impact:

Philippians 2:12-13 - obey and workout our salvation
2Corinthians 5:11 - we persuade men regarding Christ
2Corinthians 7:1 - we are perfecting holiness
Ephesians 5:21 - we are “subject to one another”

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