As we talked about at the gathering, it is all too easy to mistake knowledge about God for actually knowing God. When we get facts or more information, it always presents a fork in the road; will we become more self righteous and prideful, or more loving and humble? Self awareness is critical. Below is a list of how Jesus moves us by the Spirit to be more like Him in all of life.
Knowing God Moves us From:
Isolation to Community
1st Peter 2:9-10 -
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."
Judging to Compassion
"As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust."
Elevating (self) to Humility
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus"
Spouting Information to Listening
"My beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger"
Demanding to Serving
1 Peter 4:8-11
"Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ."
Camping to Collaborating
"I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
Deconstructing to Restoring
"Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality."
Assuming - Asking
1 John 4:7
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God."