A. There are attributes we are to have as Christians such as being kind, meek, merciful, etc. (Colossians 3:12).
- We are taught of God to use our liberties in a manner in which we do not offend others in areas of authorized liberties (I Corinthians 10:23-33).
- Throughout the Scriptures God’s people are told to “love thy neighbour” (Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 19:19, Matthew 22:34-40, Romans 13:9-10, Galatians 5:14, and James 2:8).
- Even beyond that, Jesus taught to love thine enemy (Luke 6:27-28).
- What about our roles in this world as being sources of truth, light (Matthew 5:14-16, Ephesians 4:25, Ephesians 5:8-11, and Philippians 2:14-16)?
- Remember, Jesus was the light of the world (John 9:5) and that demanded something of those who followed Him (John 8:12).
II. Body: “An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked” (Proverbs 29:27).
A. Let’s start by talking about how the world looked at Jesus (John 15:18-19).
- Why, (John 3:19-21 and John 7:7)?
- Jesus was a stumbling block, offensive (Romans 9:33 and I Peter 2:5-8; cf. Acts 4:10-12).
- Think about how non-politically correct He was (Matthew 15:21-28, Luke 11:37-41, and John 4:3-26).
- He was not honored in his own country (Matthew 13:53-58).
- Blessed when hated (Luke 6:22-23).
- Woe unto you when all speak well of you (Luke 6:26).
- Sometimes the faithful are looked at as trouble makers (Acts 17:1-6).
- As you study through the New Testament the mistreatment of the saints is obvious (Acts 6:8-14; Acts 7:51-60, Romans 3:8, I Thessalonians 3:1-5, I Peter 3:16-17, I John 3:13, etc.).
- Think about what happens when a godly person is filled with the word of God (Jeremiah 6:11 and Jeremiah 15:16-17; cf. Acts 18:5-6).
- Think about having a godly hatred (Psalms 97:10; 119:104; 119:128; 119:163, Amos 5:15, Romans 12:9, and I Peter 3:10-11).
- Even among brethren, sometimes foolishness needs called out (Galatians 3:1-5).
- The love of souls requires balanced care and clarity (I Thessalonians 2:1-13).
- That clarity has to be uncompromising (II Corinthians 12:15; 13:1-2).
III. Conclusion: How can we bear them that are evil (Revelation 2:2; cf. Psalms 101:3 and Psalms 139:19-22)?
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