Proverbs 11:10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices
The Bible teaches us that godliness or personal holiness is not private holiness. This means we should NOT strive to be more godly so that we can become self-righteous Holier than thou Christians. Rather, we should see our growth in godliness as a way to collaterally bless those around us by becoming Holier for thou Christians.
No doubt innumerable blessing descend upon families and nations through the godly lives and patient sufferings of the saints. We cannot be saved by the merits of others, but beyond all question we are benefitted by their virtues. ~ Charles Spurgeon
Colossians 3:12-15 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
One of the natural consequences of the Gospel is that it transforms people who are relationally incompetent and makes them relationally competent. Instead of holding grudges, gossiping, judging and being unforgiving, the Gospel changes our hearts to be kind, patient and forgiving to each other.
As Christians we are to grow in relational competence in our:
Matthew 25:34-40 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' " The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
Growing in spiritual maturity always results in growing in compassion for the weak, oppressed, neglected and the forgotten. (Elderly, widows and orphans).
"Christians should be a community radically committed to the good of the city as a whole. It is insufficient for Christians to form a culture that only counters the values of the city. We must then turn, with all the resources of our faith and life, to sacrificially serve the good of the whole city, and especially the poor." ~Tim Keller
Proverbs 1:2-7 To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth--Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The Bible teaches that life is not always black and white, but is in many areas gray and full of "riddles". Therefore, in order to navigate through the vague complications of life you must cultivate wisdom.
Wisdom is how you look at the world from God's point of view. As Christians we need to look at the world as God does, especially in these particular areas:
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Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Growing in spiritual maturity results in have less of a self-centered consumerist mentality and having more of an other-centered heart for those around us. And the way we practically live this out is by sharing the Gospel with those around us and to those far from us that do not know the Gospel.
Our God is not some sort of "Village God" existing for our concerns alone and isolated to our worlds. He is the Lord of the Universe, the God to whom all will give an account, the Savior who reaches out through His church to all who need to know His love, regardless of ethnic background, economic standing, or geographic location. A mature Christian remembers to focus on a global God who calls us unto His team. ~ Paul Borthwick.
John 17:20-23 "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Jesus teaches us by His example that prayer is the greatest blessing to others. Why? Because when you invite other people into your personal relationship with God, by praying for them (interceding) you love them the way Christ loved us.
It is better to talk to God about people than to talk to people about God. ~Dennis McCallum
The Goal of the church is to transform people into the character and image of Christ...Are people being changed in their attitudes and actions so that they are in obedience to Christ? Christ states that obedience, not emotions or experience, measures the love people have for him (John 14:21). This obedience is summed up by two commands--love God and love others (Matthew 22:37-40). ~Glenn C. Daman