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Long-suffering, with Love in Addressing a Sinful Condition

It can be difficult to address the sin of another without them, feeling that, “you are better than them.”

When dealing with unsaved family, it is important to keep in mind 1st Corinthians 13:4 “Charity suffered long, and is kind…” We must try to treat people with long-suffering and kindness. The Lord long suffered and still long suffers with us. The Apostle Paul stated in 1st Timothy 1:15-16 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.“ Paul said he was chief of sinners, but Christ showed him long-suffering so that he could be delivered from his sin.

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Our Relationship With God is Affected By Our Thoughts

On 4-1-2008 the Mature Family and Single Adult class considered and discussed the following question: “What are the things that are ruining people’s relationship with God and their ability to have a relationship with him?” and “What can be done about it?” These are a very “broad” questions that could span many areas of people’s lives and their attitudes. During the time of our class the discussion seemed to polarize around four main “themes”:

1. How we think and meditate
2. Being unselfish and willing to practice self-denial
3. Faithfulness – being true to our first love
4. Avoiding worldliness and worldly philosophies

The class started first by considering the hindrances of wrong thinking. Thoughts that we meditate on can be damaging to a relationship.

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