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COMMENDABLE CONDUCT ENABLES US TO ESCAPE THE FUTILITY OF THE HUMAN CONDITION

1. Description of Such Conduct

a. Five Attitudes that must Characterize All Believers

(1) Harmonious -- thinking the same

(2) Sympathetic -- feeling together

(3) Brotherly in our love for one another

(4) Tenderhearted -- quick to feel and show affection

(5) Humble in spirit

Note: all 5 of these attitudes are essential for submission

b. One Action that must be taken when we are attacked =

The Only Answer to Persecution

(1) Negatively -- not retaliation

(2) Positively -- giving a blessing instead

2. Reason for Such Conduct -- Overwhelmed by Appreciation for God's Grace

a. God's grace in calling us

b. God's grace in blessing us

3. Description of Such Conduct

a. Not harmful living

(1) words that are malicious (calculated to hurt)

(2) words that are deceitful (calculated to mislead)

b. Holy living

c. Harmonious living -- seek peace and pursue it

4. Reasons for Such Conduct -- Best Way to Glorify God

a. Desire for a meaningful life

b. Desire for God's continued favor


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