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Bible study is essential to our Christian walk. As we study God's Word, our personal relationship with God grows deeper and deeper. It empowers us to live for the Lord in every aspect of our lives. This is what has inspired me to do an online Bible study.

Many years ago my husband introduced me to a commentary on the book of Colossians and I was so blessed as the Scripture came to life before my very eyes. Since that day we have developed an extensive library and enjoy studying God's Word.

I have prepared some Bible studies that I would like to share with you. My prayer is that they will bless you as much as they have blessed me in preparing them. I pray your life is touched and that it would inspire you to live every moment of every day for Christ.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cultivate Christian Love

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing." 1 Peter 3:8-9

Peter says "Finally" - here Peter was summing up a series of exhortations concerning submission; Then he says, "all of you" - he is addressing all, whether masters or servants, husbands or wives, the entire body of believers, and then notice he exhorts them in six areas:
- to be of one mind
- having compassion for one another
- love as brothers
- be tenderhearted (KJV says be pitiful)
- be courteous
- do not retaliate, but bless those who do evil against you

My friend, as believers we are to live in harmony as of one mind. When the world looks at us they should see a spirit of oneness, They should see us standing together through thick and thin regardless of circumstances happening around us. We should not be out there arguing, bickering, and gossiping causing dissension. When we are putting each other down, gossiping about one another what example does that leave? It certainly is not honoring to God. Yes, we all have different personalities, different ways of handling things, different God-given gifts but together we are whole; together we make up the body of the Christ. A physical body is made up of many parts, you have hands, eyes, feet, internal organs, etc. but together it functions in harmony, and it needs each part just like the body of Christ. Peter here is reminding us that we are united together that we must seek to honor God in everything that we do; being of one mind, working together for the common goal of spreading the gospel, and winning the lost to the Lord.

Romans 12:16 "Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion."
Romans 15:5 "Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus"

We are to be of one mind - to be like-minded; keeping our focus on Christ, giving Him honor and glory through our conduct that those around us will be drawn to Christ.

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