A Few Thoughts About Discipling Part 6

E4 Giving
F1 Definition
G1 There are 3 Hebrews words that have the idea of giving. There is one in Greek δίδωμι, dı́dōmi.
G2 Giving is an attitude best understood as the opposite of getting. Acts 20:35 CSB In every way I’ve shown you that it is necessary to help the weak by laboring like this and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, because he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.
G3 It is related to compassion and kindness.
F2 Bible verse
G1 God gives many things: Psalm 65:9-13.
G2 God gives people many things. Much of the suffering and poverty is the result of greed—greedy governments, greedy people, greedy_____. God gets blamed but He is not greedy. Some of the food shortages come from the curse because of Adam’s sin. Acts 14:17 CSB Although he did not leave himself without a witness, since he did what is good by giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons and filling you with food and your hearts with joy.
F3 Example:
G1 One of the many things God gives is wisdom: James 1:5 NLT If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
G2 Another is life: 1 Corinthians 15:45 NLT The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit.
E5 Goodness/Grace (gracious)
F1 Definition
G1 The Hebrew word for good is טוֹב ṭôwb. It means good in the sense of cheerfulness, pleasant, prosperous, happy, pleasing, etc. God is indeed a very pleasant being to interact with. This is Yahweh’s character.
G2 Contrast the character of God with the character of all people: Psalm 14:1 NLT For the choir director: A psalm of David. Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!
G3 Romans 2:4 WEB Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and patience, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
F2 Bible verse
G1 A part of His character: Psalm 25:8 CSB The LORD is good and upright; therefore he shows sinners the way.
G2 Psalm 86:5 NLT O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
F3 Example: Exodus 33:19 WEB He said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim Yahweh’s name before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.”
E6 Holiness
F1 Definition
G1 The Hebrew word is קֹדֶשׁ qôdesh.
G2 It has the idea of separation. God’s face is hidden in the fire and cloud. He is separate from sinners. It also seems to me that it has the idea what is dead, stinks. All physical creation is dying. Sin brings death. What is dead, stinks. God doesn’t like the smell. There is no death or stench in heaven or in the presence of God. So, the illustration shows the avoidance of God regarding sin and sinners.
G3 Ephesians 5:2 NLT Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. In this passage we notice the sinless (holy) Messiah, Jesus, being a wonderful odor as the pleasing sacrifice for our sins. Note too, sin is mentioned as repulsive to God. God wants us to have a changed life.
G4 The holy anointing oil was pleasant: Exodus 30:25 CSB Prepare from these a holy anointing oil, a scented blend, the work of a perfumer; it will be holy anointing oil.
G4 There also seems to be a contrast between something clear and pure and something filthy. Thus, a separation of the two. Isaiah 35:8 NLT And a great road will go through that once deserted land. It will be named the Highway of Holiness. Evil-minded people will never travel on it. It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways; fools will never walk there.
F2 Bible verse:
G1 Hebrews 12:14 CSB Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness—without it no one will see the Lord.
G2 Hebrews 9:28 NLT so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.
G3 Hebrews 10:10 NLT For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.
G4 God alone can cleanse from the filth of sin: Isaiah 1:18 NLT Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.
E7 Humility
F1 Definition: The Greek word is ταπεινός tapeinós. It means humble. Sometimes we understand the word better if we see the opposite, the antonym—arrogant, conceited, egotistical, etc.
F2 Bible verse: Matthew 11:29 NRSV Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
F3 Example: Matthew 21:5 NLT Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt.
F4 Philippians 2:5-8 NLT You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.


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