The Application of the Principles and Precepts of God's Character are a privilege and responsibility in living the Christ like life.

                           Unit 4e LOVE    

 

THE  APPLICATION  OF GOD'S  CHARACTER ATTRIBUTES

The Application of the Principles and Precepts of God�s Character are a privilege and responsibility in living the Christ like life.

We are now going to consider: the principles and precepts that come from the nature and character of God. They constitute the doctrine of the church.  Every true doctrine is in harmony with God's attributes and so carry responsibilities to which we must answer to God. 

The knowledge and application of these will enable you to make choices and decisions in the known will of God, keeping you in the place of His blessing. They reflect His nature and character bringing you in His image and likeness, revealing Him to the world around you.   

Our study and meditation will be in each of the following areas.  

Principles: what we are to do. 

The laws or rules for establishing the source of action expected by God.  They will be in harmony with God's attributes as they are derived from them, unless they are the principles of sin which are derived from Satan.   


Precepts:
how to carry out the principle
.  

The method of operation or way we demonstrate or hold to the principle involved in our position or action we take. These come out of the action of God in the Old Testament and the life of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.    

 

Our Responsibilities: our Duties to God and man.  

Our obligation to respond to God and others by His standards and values and not ours or the world's.

 

 

We will look at each of the following areas as they apply....

 

To God  (personally)

           

To Others (neighbors)

 

At Home (family)

 

In the Local Church  (God's local family)

 

To Others in Christ everywhere  (God's extended family)

To or in Government (collectively or individually)

      

Syllabus for applying the Principle of LOVE  

Record of achievement  

Started   /    /       Goal for finish    /    

1. Assignment.   Summaries,  Syllabus Questions  &  Self test sent in     /    /   

2. Assignment  Started    /    /    Finished & sent in.    /     /  

    Returned with Grade report    /     /           Unit test sent in    /    / 

1. Assignment:  Look up all references given, and summarize them

We must keep in mind we were made to be in the image and likeness of God, therefore we are to take on His character and live by His standards and not yours or the worlds.                    

Always remember every true Biblical doctrine is in harmony with the nature and character of God. See what you can learn of God�s will for you in this unit.  

2. Assignment. Observe to understand the importance of exercising the power of your will and its consequences.   See what you can learn of God's heart as you, when He gave you a free will to choose your own actions.

 

             APPLYING THE PRINCIPLE OF LOVE  

 

The PRINCIPLE of Love is found in God as one of His attributes of His nature and character.  Therefore it is holy and righteous, never permissive and is associated with His mercy and grace.

 "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his  Spirit." 1 John 4:7- 13

AS LOVE CAN ONLY BE KNOWN BY THE ACTION IT PRODUCES OR REPRESENTS, consider the qualities of the love of God in chapter 13 of 1 Cor. There the word "Charity" expresses love by its outworking.  God is the only source of such love, through agency of His Spirit.  Gal.5:22-25                                                                                                       

GOD'S LOVE IS:   

1. Is not sentimental, or emotional but empathy for the well being of others not self.

The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. John 3:35  

Consider: John 5:20,  20:2.


2. Unconditional and Sacrificial: for undeserving, expressing the value of the love given,  not looking for value in the one loved.      

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,  Christ died for us."   Rom.5:8 

              Consider:   John 3:15-17
 

  3.  Submissive: yielding to the well-being of the one loved.

"But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me  commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence."
  John 14:31  

              Consider: Phil. 2:6-8 

 

The PRECEPT of Love is three fold.

1. Submission in obedience to the will of our loved one. 

                 Consider:  Mat. 26:39

 

       2. Subjection to discipline in the ways of our loved one.    

           

       Consider:  2 Cor. 5:19,21

 

      3. Sacrifice of our rights and expectations for our loved one.     

                Consider: Phil. 2:7-8

 

The RESPONSIBILITIES of Love are opportunities to reveal God in us.  Demonstrating God's love, demonstrates His presence.                                        

TO GOD personally, to direct all our love to Him.

"Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment" Math. 22:36-38
                                                                                    

              We demonstrate our love to God by obedience.

    To the Father:  1 John 2:5-6

    To the Son  John 14:21-23

    To the Holy Spirit  Rom. 8:14 with  Eph. 4:30

 

TO OTHERS  Only as we give all of our love to God, can He give us His love for others.  Consider: The evidence of emptying ourselves of our love to Him, so He can fill us with His love for others and service to Him in Luke 14:26-27. There the word "hate" = absence of ones love, for the claims of another.

"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind......And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."  Math. 22:37-40

              Note the importance of these two commandments, in relation to Exodus 20:1-17

              A Loving God will enable you to fulfill Exodus 20:1-11

              A Loving others will enable you to fulfill Exodus: 12-17 

    Consider:  John 15:13 with Phil. 2:17;  Mat. 5:43-48

 

 

IN THE HOME, submission and duty are acts of love to God and each other.

"Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself." Eph. 5:24-28

             Consider: 1 Peter 3:1-7  also John 13:1

   

IN THE CHURCH both the local assembly and all in family of God.   To love the church as Christ gave Himself for it Eph. 5:25.   To love the church is to love Christ and, to love Christ is to love the brethren.

"Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 1 John  5:1

"Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king." 1 Peter 2:17 

    Consider: John 13:34-35 and 1 John 3:14-15, 4:7-21

                                                         

TO GOVERNMENT is patriotism.   

"Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:" Isa. 66:10 

     Consider:  Neh. 2:2-5     

 

Self test: on the principle of God's Love.     

These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have  learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life.  Remember meditation on God�s Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing.

Things to Consider:

Q1.
On the Principle of Love  
List the quality of godly love in Chapter 13 of 1 Cor.

Q2. On the Precept of Love  
Consider the position of vulnerability you must be willing to assume in order to truly love someone.

Q3. On the Responsibility of Love

        (a) How do we get the love of God to love others and why we must get it this way?

        (b) Where do you draw the line or limit your love to others that spitefully use you? 

Q4. On love in the home

            How can you teach the love of God in the home if God's love is not expressed in the home?

Q5. On love in the church

        (a) Can a person have no love for the church, the pastor or others in the church and be in the will of God?        

        (b) List the things that hinder your love for others in or out of the church, consider what God would have you do with that list?

        (c) Have you found some help in loving God and others, as God would have you to love in this lesson, if so in what way?

Q6.  Is it proper to love your government, and how?  

You are now ready to stat Applying Unit 4f The Principle of Mercy  

May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28  " And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.�   
 
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

 

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