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CFOR 101 (Sp '16) T03 - Relational Spirituality 2 - Loving ourselves correctly, loving others compassionately

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Transcript of CFOR 101 (Sp '16) T03 - Relational Spirituality 2 - Loving ourselves correctly, loving others compassionately

Relational Spirituality 2
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human heart
: Jeremiah 17:9
Seeing Ourselves as God Sees us
Loving ourselves correctly, loving other compassionately
Sources and Image Credit
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Adopted key thoughts from chapter two and three of our textbook
Conformed to His Image
1)
heart lies to us; cannot be cured
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other people
(unbelieving)
can lead to pride or depression
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God's word
truth of his Word can challenge us
- fellowship with
God's people
we will get encouragement and correction
- apart from Christ:
How God Sees us
we have nothing and can do nothing of eternal value
- in Christ:
we have become new creatures
Grace addresses both human depravity and human dignity
is not what we do but who and whose we are in Christ (identity -> action)
God’s unconditional love and acceptance of us in Christ
Loving Others Compassionately
liberated from using people to meet our needs
secure enough to serve others
expressing his love in others-centered deeds of kindness
"True greatness is found in those who are willing to serve." (Boa)
- knew his identity (Luke 3:22)
Christ, the Servant
(John 13)
- knew his security (Luke 3:22)
Our identification with Christ leads to and is the basis for our imitation of Christ.
more vulnerable to the pains of rejection
find more joy in serving others
Very
resourceful
people (VRPs)
Five Kinds of People
Very
important
people (VIPs)
Very
trainable
people (VTPs)
Very
nice
people (VNPs)
- add to our lives and
ignite our passion
- share our passion and
keep us accountable
- catch our passion
- enjoy our passion but
do not contribute to it
Very
draining
people (VDPs)
- sap our passion by
causing conflicts
Treating Difficult People
- treat them with dignity and compassion
- be careful that they will not absorb the majority
of your time
- don't forget to refill your cup!
(pray/search for VRPs and VIPs)
Forgiveness
- Matt. 6:14-15
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Message by Interim Senior Pastor Mike Albin; August 17, 2008 at Bayview Baptist Church
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"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive you."
forgiveness
is not forgetting
is a choice; a crisis of the will
is agreeing to live with the consequences of another person's sin
forgiving from the heart
you acknowledge the hurt and the hate
you decide that you will bear the burden of their offenses
you don't wait to forgive until you feel like forgiving
Freedom is what will be gained, not a feeling.
Escape
denial
Responses to Conflict
Attack
Peace
suicide
flight
assault
murder
litigation
overlook
reconciliation
negotiation
mediation
arbitration
accountability
peace- faking
peace-making
peace-breaking
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