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A Loving Church February 14, 2021
Mark 12:28-31; John 13:34-35; 14:15; 15:9-13
I. Love the Lord
keep = to persist in obedience, keep, observe, fulfill, pay attention to (A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 1002)
keep = to observe— to conform one’s action or practice (Rick Brannan, ed., Lexham Research Lexicon of the Greek New Testament, Lexham Research Lexicons)
II. Love One Another – John 13:34–35; 15:9-13
new = current or not before known, newly introduced (Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).
new = something not previously present, unknown, strange, remarkable, also with the connotation of the marvelous or unheard-of (A Greek-English Lexicon of the NT, 394.)
A. Serve One Another – Galatians 5:13–14
serve = voluntary, (loving) service; to obey, be devoted to (Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament).
B. Serve With Others – Romans 12:4–5
C. Be Kind, Tenderhearted, Forgiving One Another – Ephesians 4:32
1. Be Kind
kind = “good, virtuous, mild, pleasant” (Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, 192.)
Kindness means acting charitably and benevolently toward others, as God has done toward us. Kindness takes the initiative in responding generously to others’ needs. It is an unselfish concern for the welfare of others, and a desire to be helpful even at great personal sacrifice. (William MacDonald, Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments, ed. Arthur Farstad, 1940.)
kindly affectioned = a natural family love or tender affection. Loving with that natural affection that characterizes members of the same family. (Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament).
2. Be Tenderhearted
tenderhearted = A sympathetic, affectionate, and compassionate interest in others, and a willingness to bear their burden. (William MacDonald, Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments, 1940.)
3. Be Forgiving
It is “a readiness to pardon offenses, to overlook personal wrongs against oneself, and to harbor no desire for retaliation. (William MacDonald, Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments, ed. Arthur Farstad, 1940.)
forgiving = “to show one’s self gracious, kind, benevolent; to grant forgiveness.” To graciously and freely pardon. (Wuest, Kenneth S.: Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: for the English reader)
D. Forbear One Another - Ephesians 4:2–3; Colossians 3:13
forbearance = to bear, to endure; to put up with; literally means “to hold back”
forbearing = a toleration of disagreeable or irritating characteristics in others (Swanson: Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains: Greek (NT)
[Forbearance is] making allowance for the faults and failures of others, or differing personalities, abilities, and temperaments. And it is not a question of maintaining a façade of courtesy while inwardly seething with resentment. It means positive love to those who irritate, disturb, or embarrass …[Forbearance] describes the patience we should have with the failings and odd ways of our brethren…It often takes the grace of God for us to put up with the idiosyncrasies of others, as it must for them to put up with ours. (MacDonald, William: Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments)
E. Edify One Another – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
edify = “to build a house, erect a building, to build up, to promote growth in Christian wisdom, affection, grace, virtue, holiness, blessedness.” (Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader, vol. 2; 239)
F. Care for One Another – 1 Corinthians 12:25
care = to attend to, care for, be concerned about (A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 632)
G. Practice Grace Towards Others – Acts 4:32–33