Rules for Living the Christian Life in our House and in the World

Rules for the Christian Life in our House and in the World Simple form: 1. Love God and love others. 2. Have a life Characterized by walking in the Spirit not pursuing deeds of the flesh. 3. Be actively killing sin and pursuing righteousness. 4. Do everything out of joy in God to the glory of God. A little bit of the foundation undergirding this: By God’s grace we are to…. (Titus 2:11-14) 1. Strive towards loving the Lord God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind. And we are to love others as we love ourselves. (Matthew 22:37-40) Guidelines a. How is what I am thinking loving God and loving others? B. How is what I am feeling loving God and loving others? c. How is what I am doing loving God and loving others? 2. We are to have our minds informed by truth. Truth is found in God’s word. Our feelings do not determine what truth is. God’s word determines what truth is. Therefore ther goal is to have our feelings in subjection to the true things we are filling our minds with from God’s word. This might be obvious, but in order to do this we must be seeking God in prayer while in His word, pleading with Him all the while that He might transform us in such a way that our thoughts and feelings would become more and more in line with the triune God of scripture. So that we would be happy, passionate, joy-filled and serious about the things that God is passionate and joy filled about. (Romans 12:1-2) 3. We are to have lives characterized by walking in the Spirit not by pursuing or being in the flesh. “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” (Galatians 5:16-17) 4. To be actively killing sin and pursuing righteousness. “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13) “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you…” (Colossians 3:5) “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” (Galatians 5:19-26) “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices… Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:8-10, 12-15) 5. Because of our peace with God, we enjoy the peace of God, and do all that we do with joy in God to the glory of God. "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God." (Romans 5:1-2) "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness[a] be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:4-7) "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31)

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