sermon: By This Shall All Men Know You
The Proper Relationship with God
John O. Reid (1930-2016)
Given 04-May-96; Sermon #236; 75 minutes
A Tlingit Indian practice involves leaving a young man on a remote island with only a bow and arrows until he learns to become a man, and God does something similar with us. We have to learn the survival skill of loving one another (John 13:34-35), developing personal relationships, the chief identifying trait of a Christian- a characteristic that does not come naturally. We need to learn the difficult skill of refraining to retaliate or get revenge even though every fiber of our being craves it. We are not to allow an evil situation to cause us to abandon being like God. Loving those who don't love us builds godly character. Christ has given us a living example of how to do this- applying mature long-suffering Agape love. Of all spiritual gifts, love has pre-eminence.
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