Recognizing Your Friends & Enemies: P.6 (7.18.18)

Romans 12:15
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Ecclesiastes 4:9-11
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone ?

There is strength in relationship.

The enemy wants to take those who are supposed to be friends in our life and make them enemies.

1 Corinthians 3:3
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you  envying, and  strife, and  divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

The enemy’s objective is to divide, and he begins with envy.

Jealousy will make you view another person’s gain as your loss.

Envy takes jealousy a step further. Envy is wanting to destroy the one that you are jealous of.

Envy is a relationship killer.

In Genesis 4, jealousy caused Cain to murder Abel.

1 John 3:10-12
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

Don’t slay/tear down/curse people with your words. Rejoice with those that rejoice.

You can’t operate in jealousy without comparing.

The moment you start comparing your life to another, you enter a trap that will always lead to competition.

Biblical excellence is not comparing and competing… because comparison creates criticism.

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James 3:14-16
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is , there is confusion and every evil work.

The moment you let competitive jealousy enter your life, you eliminate the blessing that the Lord can bring to you through that relationship.

Envy leads to strife.
Strive leads to division.

The strength of your life is largely defined by the strength of your relationships.

1 John 5:18
We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

Galatians 5:14
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

2 Timothy 2:24
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men , apt to teach, patient,

1 Corinthians 1:11-13
For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

2 Corinthians 12:20
For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:

1 Peter 3:4
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Galatians 6:2
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

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