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Into Hard Places

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Stephen Johns

on 30 July 2017

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Transcript of Into Hard Places

Into Hard Places
Romans 12:15-16
Love calls us into the lives of others with our hearts and our minds.
A Heart That Enters In
A Mind That Enters In
The Commands
1. It images God's rejoicing and weeping
2. It requires an emotional connection
3. It transcends commonality
The Obstacles
Toward God: Covetous
Exodus 20:17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Hebrews 13:4-5 “4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. 5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Toward Others: Jealousy
Cain ------ Abel
Saul ------ David
David ----- Uriah
Leah ----- Rachel
Rachel ----- Leah
Disciples ----- Disciples
Diotrephes ----- John
Fighting to Rejoice and Weep
Colossians 3:5

“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
The Commands
To enter into the life of another with our minds is to seek to be unified where we can, seek the value of their perspective and experience, and seek to learn from them.
The Obstacle
Pride sees your opinion as the one that must be matched, your time and energy as more valuable than this person, and your perspective as the wisest.
Philippians 2:3-8

"3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."
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