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The One Anothers 4 - Instruct One Another (Romans 15:14)

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7 July, 2024Rev Ken GrahamOne Anothers

How is Instructing one another a Practical Demonstration of loving one another?

It is Speaking the Truth in Love.

 

1.        We need to Understand the meaning of this word “Instruct”.

           Admonish is a better term. To Admonish is “put something Into Mind”, “to Caution”, to “call Attention to something”.

           It Conveys the meaning of Eph 4:15 - Speaking the Truth in Love.

           Admonish one another is a way that we show we Care, we Love.

2.        Competence is Required to Instruct each other.

           What made them Competent to Instruct one another?

           a.        They were Full of Goodness.

           b.        They were Complete in Knowledge. 

           Goodness is important for Strong Christians to Instruct others.

           Knowledge is important for Weak Christians to Instruct others.

           God’s Word is Living, Reliable and when Applied to life we Grow.

            Admonishing one another Speaks the Truth in Love.

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