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Evidence Of Christian Growth (4 of 6)
2 Peter 1:5-7
August 6, 2006
INTRODUCTION: As the Apostle Peter has outlined these virtues that are to be displayed in character of our faith, he demonstrates that partaking of His Divine Nature does not grant an exemption from ethical claims on the believer.
Sharing in His nature makes ethical growth and moral commitment a possibility.
This text leads me to believe that God's gifts always result in fruit. When care for properly and consistently, they produce more fruit. No fruit is as important as knowing Christ better. This should be our supreme desire (Phil 3:10, "That I may know Him."
I. GOD'S LOVE DEMONSTRATED. 7
"brotherly kindness" – a love that seeks occasions to reveal kindness. A love by deliberate choice. The fact that we love each other is one evidence that we have been born of God. Main evidence of an authentic conversion. Philadelphia – fraternal affection; brotherly love.
John 13:35, "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
1 Thessalonians 4:9-10, "But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more;"
Hebrews 13:1-2, "Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels."
It would demand kindness, generosity, and courtesy.
It is not one who happens upon a need, but sought an occasion to bless someone. A sincere, un-hypocritical love for others; unfeigned.
ILL. David with Mephibosheth
2 Samuel 9:1-3, "Now David said, 'Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?' And there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba. So when they had called him to David, th ...
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