Thursday, May 28, 2009

Putting Into Practice the Truth

Putting Into Practice the Truth - How To Get Along With Others:

James 2:1-13 gives some fantastic guidelines on how to get along with others.

Don't show favoritism. Many times we judge by different things such as:
ancestry - heritage or history
age - too old or too young

There are three problems with favoritism:
1. Unchristian
2. Unreasonable
3. Unloving

How do we treat people?
A church that loves people will grow abundantly.

Ways to show love are to:
Accept people - you can accept people without condoning their lifestyle.
Love the sinner, not the sin.
Accept others as Jesus did.
Appreciate others - find things you like about others and let them know.
Affirm others - encourage each other and build them up.

Getting along with others is a valuable tool in our everyday lives. As a Christian, it is God's command:
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

And the way Christians are identified:
John 13:35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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