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Teaching Tolerance IV – finale


SHARING THE TRUTH IN LOVE

TALKING TO GOD
Ask God to give you a loving attitude toward people who are different from you and for the opportunities to share His love with them.

DIVING IN
Place a dab of toothpaste on your lips. Ask your family members to suggest how they would tell you that you had toothpaste on your lips if you were a famous actor. Have someone else put on the toothpaste and ask the family to address him or her as if that person were your pastor. Continue changing roles to tell a good friend, a school bully, a stranger and a grouchy teacher about the toothpaste on their faces.

GOING DEEPER
Just as it might be hard or awkward to tell a famous actor or a stranger that she has toothpaste on her lips, so sharing God’s truth can feel difficult. But authentic, biblical tolerance allows you to treat others well, even when you have something to share that they may not want to hear. Think about the way you role-played talking to someone you respected, such as a pastor or a famous person. You were probably careful to show respect and kindness as you shared the truth. By treating all people, including those who are different from you, with the same kindness and respect, you can more effectively share the Gospel with them. In Luke 10:27, Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Rely on God’s love when sharing His truth.

TALKING TO EACH OTHER
– Is it difficult for you to share God’s truth with nonbelievers? Why?
– How could you show God’s love to a friend who doesn’t believe in Jesus?
– What kind words could you use with someone whose opinion of God is different from yours?

EPHESIANS 4:15 NIV

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Billy Graham on Spiritual Marurity


1CORINTHIANS 3:1 NKJV

And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.

Live Outside of Yourself

Some people have received Christ but have never reached spiritual maturity. They have been in church all their lives, and yet they have never become mature Christians. They are still considered “spiritual children” and “babes in Christ.” They know little Scripture. They have little desire to pray, and bear few of the marks of a Christian in their daily living. To say, “I will resolve to do better, I will muster all my will power and revise my way of living,” is noble, but futile. A corpse could as well say, “I will—through sheer effort—rise out of this coffin and be a living man again.” You need a power outside yourself. You cannot get over the habits and chains that are binding you. You need outside help. You need Christ.

The Bible tells of a bridge of faith which reaches from the valley of despair to the high hills of glorious hope in Christ. It tells where we are, but beyond that—it tells where we may be in Christ. Now, of course, you will not be completely mature until you are in the presence of Christ, but you should be growing every day as a Christian.

Daily Prayer

Lord, work through me this day, that I might be maturing as a Christian and come to know You better, that I might know Your perfect will for me.

Integrity I


PSALM 15:1-4 NKJV

Lord , who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; He who  does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the Lord ; He who  swears to his own hurt and does not change;

Integrity is a character quality of someone who has sound moral judgment. They don’t compromise truth. They deal honestly with others. Integrity can only be achieved by listening to the Holy Spirit. Integrity is something that you prove you have during difficult situations. It is being able to make the right decision even though it may cost you something. If you know in your heart that you made the right decision, you don’t have to worry about getting caught or exposed. Walking with integrity is one of the best ways to prove that you are become more mature in your walk with Jesus.

Courtesy of LifeChurch.TV