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By This Shall All Men Know You

The Proper Relationship with God

Sermon; #236; 75 minutes
Given 04-May-96

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Using an analogy of a Tlingit Indian ritual of leaving a young man on a remote island with only a bow and arrows until he learns to become a man, John Reid suggests that God requires a similar thing for 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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