“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
- Our religion has two commandments, love of God and love of others (Matt 22:36-40).
- The Ten Commandments are divided into two tables – Godward (4) and manward (6).
- An infraction as small as partiality toward the rich makes you guilty of all (Ja 2:1-13).
- Remember how the epistles are divided, with Romans and Ephesians great examples.
- The 915 verses of Proverbs can be divided into those about God and those about men.
- This topic fits very well recent emphasis on three-part GOS living (I Cor 10:31-33).
- This topic fits well with a lesson of Matthew 25:31-46 last week and works of sheep.
- This topic fits well recent preaching from Proverbs 22:11 and exploration of epitaphs.
- This topic fits well past preaching on bitterness, love is the greatest, one another, etc.
- This topic fits well recent preaching about soul winning, tree of life, evangelism, etc.
- Recent preaching on marriage also reflects God’s emphasis on perfect relationships.
- Much of my life is worrying, praying, and exhorting about relationship problems.
- Worship is ruined by offended relationships; fix it (Mat 5:21-26; I Pet 3:7; Mal 2:13).
- It does not mean very much that you believe the truth, so do devils and many in hell.
- By this topic we glorify God, adorn gospel, defend truth, show grace, help others, etc.
- Never forget the identifying character of John Baptist’s ministry (Mal 4:5-6; Lu 1:17).
- Remember a prime purpose for assembling (Heb 3:12-13; 10:23-25; Acts 2:41-47).
- Remember the Holy Spirit’s analogy of a human body to describe interactive parts.
- A church, like a body … think Olympics … needs all parts/joints working (Eph 4:16).
- If the Bible is true, righteousness in all other areas is vanity, if relationships are poor.
- This topic is, “Thus saith the LORD”; you cannot allow a relationship any other way.
- Each day and person is an opportunity, in and out of church (Gal 6:10; I Thess 5:15).
- This subject cannot and should not intimidate any, but rather excite them (Phil 4:13).
- The great proof of Christianity is not spouting doctrine but loving others (John 13:35).
- You can be glorious by deferring any animosity and passing over offences (Pr 19:11).
- It is all about winning … souls (Pr 11:30) … favor (Pr 22:1) … friends (Pr 18:24).
- You get to be Jonathan going into the wood to strengthen David’s hand (I Sam 23:16).
- Solomon gave 22k oxen; you do not have even one; you can give 23k above a check!
- How can we be like Jesus Christ without giving ourselves for others (Matt 20:25-28)?
- We are God’s children by love, goodness, pity (Matt 5:45; Acts 14:17; Ps 103:13-14).
- The glory you can add to Jesus Christ, His gospel, His church, and His word is great.
- Failures or frowardness by others give an opportunity you would not otherwise have.
- Do not let spouses, children, parents, etc., become too familiar … pursue their souls.
- Real love pursues and helps another person to be perfect before Jesus at His coming.
Who Is My Neighbor?
- A scorner asked the question; Jesus answered perfectly with an enemy (Lu 10:25-37).
- True children of God love and serve enemies like their Father does His (Mat 5:43-48).
- Everyone you know and meet in God’s providence is Jew, Gentile, or church of God!
- God chose each member of this church for you (I Cor 12:18). Respond accordingly!
- God chose every person in your life, except your spouse sort of; maximize marriage.
- Avoid exceptions – fools, scorners, antichrists – but trust providence if God arranges a chance meeting (Ps 101:3-8; 139:21-22; Matt 7:6; Rom 16:17-18; I John 5:16).
- You start at home by desiring the best for others and praying for them over yourself.
- Relationships are giving … all of them … so repudiate all “what will I get” ideas.
- Thinking serving will deny you is deceit and heresy, if you believe Jesus (Acts 20:35).
- Much of it is a mindset … JOY … always thinking of God and others before yourself.
- Never think about what you can, should, or did not get from others, for you are last.
- Learn to be proactive … not reactive … using plans and initiative to go after others.
- Teach children to engage and serve others at every assembly with advance planning.
- Gifts in secret overcome wrath … believe it … do it (Prov 21:14; 17:8; 18:16; 19:6).
- Faults, sins by others in a relationship do not change or end your duties toward them.
- You have all the power and strength you need to do this well (Phil 4:13; II Pet 1:1-4).
- It has absolutely nothing to do with a costly or fancy meal; serve hotdogs and soda.
- Forgiveness from the heart is essential; nothing less is acceptable (Matthew 18:34-35).
- If in authority – husband, parent, boss – you are Rehoboam without mercy (Pr 28:16).
- Obedience and honor are not the same, and you may owe both; do not confuse them.
- Apologies are not a sign of weakness but rather of strength when done appropriately.
- Learn to hate every feeling like pride, bitterness, selfishness, self-righteousness, etc.
- Your fear or neglect of this topic by temperament, habit, hatred, or slothfulness is sin.
- Ideas from examples, experiences, feelings, thoughts, or conscience are sinfully vain.
- It is my job and your job to hate, repudiate, and reject any idea contrary to the Bible.
- Get over yourself; you don’t matter; max preservation and prosperity by obeying God.
- Most every problem in relationships may be traced back to selfishness in some form.
- Enemies bring with them a temptation to contempt due to past or existing conflict.
- Close relatives bring with them a temptation to contempt by foolish, sinful familiarity.
- Unresolved offences are poison, unless you are glorious; they easily turn to bitterness.
- Prioritize your relationships … parents over friends … spouse over children … etc.
- Instead of dreading a public gathering, grow up and embrace the opportunity to give.
- Never attend any gathering with thoughts of getting … but get excited about giving.
- True sincerity and wisdom take reproof and change; the self-righteous do not change.
- Now is the only time to obey God’s word; make haste to keep His rules (Ps 119:60).
- Compromise is rebellion, just like Saul sparing Agag, no matter your vain reasoning.
For Further Study:
- PowerPoint: Three Basic Rules for Living.
- Sermon Outline: Righteous Relationships.
- Sermon diagram … Relationships – Chart.
- Sermon Outline: Love Is the Greatest.
- Sermon Outline: Love of a Soul.
- PowerPoint: The Worst Sin.
- Proverb Topical Category: Relationships.
- Proverb Commentary: Proverbs 22:1 .
- Sermon Outline: Becoming Sound Doctrine.
- Sermon Outline: One Another Duties.