1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
Define God correctly and do God's will.
To grow with God we must grow with love. What are we doing today with love?
The Bible speaks of worship as bowing down to God. Are we spiritually bowing ourselves down to God in service?
Growing with God means we will increase our truth and justice, being impartial and reducing our personal bias.
If we are to grow with God we are also to grow in the teachings of Christ. What teachings are we seeking to accomplish?
We are to grow in compassion and mercy. In what ways are growing in compassion? Do others feel our compassion?
We ought to forgive in the ways Christ forgave. In what ways are we forgiving others?
As we read instructions from God, Jesus, and others in the Bible we ought to consider ourselves to be included. If can just hold ourselves to one instruction and do it well that would be sufficient. This instruction is the great commandment of God.
If we read the commandment and do not move into experience with it, we will fail and fall short of obeying God and Jesus. Stiff necked, disobedient, rebellious, hard-hearted, dull, and blind is anyone who can learn the instruction and then not do it.
It's our choice to commit or not.
To see things truthfully means we will need to remind ourselves the differences between facts and opinions. There are many ideas in Christian mainstream that are opinions, yet stated as facts. We ought to take captive in our minds these differences as they occur. Such phrases and statements will come about through music, sermons, and book studies.
Fact verses opinion discussions ought to come about within our own thinking regularly to develop a discipline of truthful thinking. It's easy to agree and go with the flow, but the flow could take us away from God.
The Bible is full of instructions on how to think and behave. There is one instruction that is agreed upon throughout the Bible and that is to love God above all else with all our inward parts.
That said, for our purposes, we ought to seek instructions within the Bible that focus us into obedience with the great commandment.
We ought to think how we can take action to be better at following such instructions. We can imagine steps to take that would improve our alignment.
We all have preferences in food, music, sports, etc. Such preferences will unconsciously attempt to skew information toward our liking (confirmation bias)
No matter how hard we try we will be partial, yet we can decrease the amount of bias with the development of self assessment/examination. In order to decrease our self deception we will need to think about our thinking more and more.
Any groups that avoids conflict are groups that think the same things (group think). We are to grow to be like minded, yet aligned with God. This means we all ought to be changing. A group focused on abiding in Christ will have the goal of speaking sincere truth in love. False flattery will be identified, but with gentleness and patience. Fear, anger, and impatience ought to be redirected. This will require discernment.
Fearing mistakes and then obeying the fear is to not follow God. There is no following God a little bit. Either we do or we don't. Yet following God is an unclear journey. As we seek to follow and obey God we will be moving with some uncertainty. After a while we will improve our understanding between our self deceptive ways and God's goodness. We must stay on the side of truth and trust in it, yet truth with love. Love must always be in our hearts and minds.
The Bible describes God using the terms below. To better understand how to define "compassion" for example, is to read all the verses with compassion and see a pattern of how it is used. Through a variety of contexts we can better discern God's compassion and how we might better participate in it. Compassion, like other Godly traits, is intangible and best learned through experience.
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