Overview. LOVE. Essence. of Christian character. Explained. as agape actions. Experienced. as peace and joy. Expressed. in right relationships. Empowers. to resist temptations. Lesson Overview. Love empowers control of … 1. Emotions Anger … gentleness
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of Christian character
as agape actions
as peace and joy
in right relationships
to resist temptations
Love empowers control of …
Anger … gentleness
Lust … self-control
The quality of one who has a quiet, calm, mild manner; one who is in control of his emotions, especially his anger.
Meekness is not weakness, but power under control. It has to do with being calm, not cold.
Better is a patient man
than a warrior,
a man who controls his temper
than one who takes a city.
The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words pro-mote instruction (Prov 16:21).2. Gentleness
Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy!
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (Prov 15:1).
Is it true? Does it work? Did you get better results by being mild or by being mad?2. Gentleness
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently (Gal 6:1).2. Gentleness
Tact is criticising the mistake rather than the person who made it!
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone…. But do it with gentleness and respect (1 Pet 3:15).2. Gentleness
The message may be offensive, but the messenger should not!
What about you?
Marriage is a cove-nant of love between one man and one woman for life.
Sex is God’s gift to two people commit-ted to each other in a loving marriage co-venant.
God’s Sexual Rules
Adultery: extramarital sex is forbidden
Fornication: prema-rital sex is forbidden
Homosexuality: same sex intercourse is forbidden3. Self-control
How do you possess your own vessel in sanctification and honour?
How do we control our strong sexual desires so that we can abstain from sexual immorality?
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
For this is the will of God,your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of or defraud his brother in this matter …
1 Thessalonians 4:6-8
… because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man,but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
You have heard that it was said, “Do not commit adultery.” But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Point: Lust is a form of adultery!
Any thought that would be immoral to act out is sinful lust.
Lust is sexual sin in the mind, sexual sin in its initial stage.
They are not equal in gravity. Lust is sexual sin, the sin of adultery in its initial stages, but is not as serious as full blown adultery.
At what point does temptation become sin?
Temptation is not sin. The thought becomes sin the moment you embrace it, when you entertain it and enjoy it.3.1 Lust: Defined
But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.
How to avoid sinful thoughts: