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Be Ye All Of One Mind
October 20 2013
We believers in God and Jesus Christ are to be of one mind. Some mistake this to mean that we all see everything, one hundred per cent eye-to-eye. However, the context tells us that it means that we are all to walk in love. We are to love our enemies as well as our brothers and sisters in Christ. If have the general love and affection that God tells us to have, and that He has demonstrated, then we will be of the same mind.
Be Ye All Of One Mind
by Bernie Parsons
Presented to Load church of Christ on 10-20-2013
Presented to Globe church of Christ on 10-27-2013
We studied last time about charity, and how that it is the most enduring thing that a Christian can have. I pointed out that charity is translated from the Greek word, agape, which Strong translates as “benevolence, affection, love”. I spoke of how that anyone can perform acts described this way, but only Christians adopt it as a way of life promoted by God and Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 3:8 "Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it."
Compassion – sympathizing.
Love as brethren – exactly as it says.
Pitiful – literally good internal organs, or deep emotion, translated as pitiful, compassionate.
Courteous – humble mind, humble thoughts.
Not rendering evil for evil – not returning – or rendering – bad, evil, harm for bad, evil, or harm; instead, return or render a blessing – good words, good speech.
Refrain tongue from evil – bring to end, or cease, a bad or evil tongue, or language, and lips that speak no guile – lips that speak, or say, no trickery, deceit, or guile.
Let him eschew evil – let him go out of the way from – shun, avoid – bad, or evil.
Let him seek peace, and ensue it – let him make, or do, unity – joining, or peace – and pursue it.
Galatians 5:22 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."
Love – benevolence, good will.
Joy – gladness, cheerfulness.
Peace – joined, united, at peace.
Longsuffering – forbearance, patience.
Gentleness -- goodness, kindness.
Goodness – intrinsic – internal – goodness or kindness.
Faith – assurance, trust, belief, confidence.
Meekness – mildness.
Temperance – self-control, self-restraint.
Colossians 3:12 "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
Bowels of mercies – inward parts – heart, seat of feelings – of pity, compassion.
Kindness – moral goodness, gentleness.
Humbleness of mind – humility of mind, modesty, lowliness of mind.
Meekness – mildness, gentleness.
Longsuffering – patience, forbearance.
Forbearing one another – bearing with – enduring, putting up with – one another.
Forgiving one another – granting a favor – pardoning – one another.
Forgiving a quarrel – pardoning – showing favor toward – a complaint, fault, blame.
Put on charity – benevolence, kindness, love.
Bond of perfectness – that which binds – band – of completeness, or maturity.
Peace of God – peace of mind – quietness, rest – of Christ, rule in your hearts – arbitrate – govern – in your hearts – minds, inner selves.
Be ye thankful – be grateful, well-favored.
Admonish – place in mind, warn, reprove gently.
Giving thanks – showing gratitude or appreciation.
1 Timothy 6:11 "But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness."
Follow after righteousness – pursue equity – justness, justice.
Godliness – well-reverent, devotion, piety.
Faith – trust, faithfulness.
Love – benevolence, goodness.
Patience – endurance, steadfastness.
Meekness – mildness, gentleness.
2 Peter 1:5 "And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Faith – trust, confidence, belief
Virtue – goodness, uprightness
Knowledge – knowledge, wisdom
Temperance – self-restraint, self-control
Patience – endurance, steadfastness
Godliness – devotion, piety, holiness
Brotherly kindness – fraternal affection, brotherly love
Charity – love, benevolence, goodwill
2 Peter 1:8 "For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."
If we walk in love toward one another, and toward all others, we will find that we have all of these characteristics, and more. That is why a general love, agape, is so important to have toward all mankind.
Matthew 5:43 "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."