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Being Longsuffering AND Uncompromisingly Militant

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I. Introduction:

A. So that we understand our terms in this lesson (Proverbs 9:10)…

  1. Longsuffering: “patience, forbearance, longsuffering, slowness in avenging wrongs” (Strong’s # 3115) as used in Colossians 3:12.
  2. Uncompromisingly militant: standing fast, being strong in the faith, brave; having a soldier’s mentality (I Corinthians 16:13 and Ephesians 6:10-17). When appropriate, aggressive and sharp (Titus 1:10-14).
B. Some think that being Christ-like is becoming a door mat.
  1. Jesus was/is loving (John 14:21).
  2. But He was not (John 8:31-47) and is not a door mat (Jude 1:14-15).

II. Body: Longsuffering Does Not Exclude Militancy; Aggressiveness (Exodus 34:5-7 and Romans 2:1-11).

A. Consider the work of an evangelist that includes both being longsuffering AND, at the same time, rebuking, admonishing and exposing faults (II Timothy 4:1-2).
  1. While there are times to use one skill over the other (Jude 1:21-23), being longsuffering doesn’t end being militant (Jude 1:3-4).
  2. Faithful teachers must have the right balance (II Timothy 2:14-26).
B. Many would argue that it is unloving to stand firm, be militant, etc. Yet, it is the very pattern we see and are to follow (I Corinthians 11:1 and I Peter 2:21-22).
  1. John was the forerunner, how did he teach (Luke 3:3-10)?
  2. Jesus is our loving, longsuffering Savior; what do you see in His method of teaching (Matthew 9:35-38, Matthew 12:38-42, Matthew 23:1-36, Mark 8:27-33, Luke 9:37-42, and John 2:13-17)?
  3. The Apostles carried the Gospel to the whole world, what do you see in their INSPIRED methods (Acts 2:14; 2:36-41, Acts 8:18-24, Acts 13:4-12, Galatians 2:1-5, Galatians 2:11-14, and Galatians 3:1-3)?
C. Being balanced in militancy so that being longsuffering doesn’t turn into becoming a compromiser (Ephesians 5:1-11).
  1. Knowing when it’s time to stop (Matthew 7:6 and Matthew 10:11-15).
  2. Not permitting questions to go too far (I Timothy 1:3-4).
  3. Stopping contentiousness [wrangling; debating] and schismatic individuals (Titus 3:9-11).
  4. Keeping others from being affected by error/sin (Romans 16:17-18, I Corinthians 1:10-13, and I Corinthians 5:1-8; cf. Mark 3:24).

III. Conclusion: As much as it is possible for you, be
both militant and longsuffering (Philippians 1:17 and II Timothy 3:10).

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