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Friendly Fire Christians

Excellent Bible study on brethren warring with other brethren,



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“But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.” 1 Corinthians 11:16
Sometimes a Christian may feel that not only are they having to guard from attacks from the unsaved world, the devil, with the armour of God, Ephesians 6:14b, '...and having on the breastplate of righteousness;' (Ephesians 6:11-20), but also, at times having to defend and protect themselves from other Christians too.

Let us examine ourselves.  It is one thing to expose a teaching which is false, if it is for instance leading someone to a different Gospel, but let us consider if we attack a brethren, if we are doing it for the right reasons, or if we are doing it for fleshly reasons, such as to esteem ourselves better, for jealousy, or other such matters.

Until we receive our glorified bodies, we are all subject to the influence of matters of the flesh. It is good for us all to be humble, and to remember this, myself very much included.
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” James 4:6
Pride is an avenue of the flesh.  As Christians we may, and possibly will not always agree, at least in this lifetime, but please, if I may say, I would ask, perhaps let us at least try to remember that, if we do disagree, that we at least try to make amends, and, if we do disagree, it is for the hope of glorifying God, rather than glorifying ourselves, to simply personally attack another person, and hopefully, we will not grieve the Holy Spirit, with fleshly strife,
"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:29-32




22nd May 2018

 

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