Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Abraham reveals the importance of the application of doctrine. Part 3.
Wednesday, June 5, 2002
Point 2. Application of Doctrine is the Only Way to Handle People.
From the emotional complex of sins, such a believer may become irrational and confused.
From the arrogance complex of sins, such a believer becomes bitter and implacable, jealous and vindictive, and self-righteous.
(a) In personal love or admiration, the object of your love often controls your life or provides for you unhappiness, unless you have attained spiritual self-esteem, spiritual independence, or spiritual maturity.
(b) In personal hatred or animosity, the object of your antagonism or irritation often has control of your life or happiness, unless you have advanced to spiritual adulthood.
You are supposed to have personal control of your life, a personal sense of destiny, self-confidence from metabolized doctrine, and therefore poise and command of self.
PRO 13:20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
PSA 119:63 I am a companion of all those who respect Thee, And of those who keep Thy precepts.
MAL 3:16 Then those who respected the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who respect the Lord and who esteem His name.
When you make a friend or fall in love, when you become jealous, possessive, or you hate anyone who has it over you; you have immediately become a slave.
The solution to people testing is found in the combination of personal love for God and impersonal love for all mankind.
You do not have personal love for God the Father unless you have impersonal love for all mankind.
ACT 9:4 and he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
MAT 25:40 “I tell you the truth, whatever you did to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did to Me.”
MAT 25:45 “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.”
Spiritual independence or spiritual autonomy is the prerequisite for solving all problems of human relationship - people testing, and system and thought testing.
Virtue-love as a problem solving device belongs primarily to the spiritual adult.
Spiritual autonomy has maximum problem solving ability because of the presence of divine power in your life.
In spiritual independence you have the power to stay out of the life of these types of individuals and let God deal with them.
A wise man is the believer who, having reached spiritual self-esteem and spiritual autonomy, has perfect authority orientation due to his impersonal love.
When you have impersonal unconditional love you have the divine power to be trustworthy and virtuous.
When you have impersonal unconditional love you have the divine power to have discretion and good judgment.
When you are spiritually self-sustained you have the divine power to be disciplined and receive doctrine.
When you are spiritually self-sustained you have the divine power and the humility to be wise and listen to good advice.
When you are spiritually self-sustained you have the divine power to accept correction and receive understanding.
You do not blame anyone for your decisions when you are spiritually self-sustained.
When you become jealous, angry, bitter, vindictive, or implacable; when you are dissatisfied, antagonistic toward someone else, friend or stranger, lover or enemy; you surrender the control of your life to that person.
When someone else has control of your life through hatred or love, you enter into the law of volitional responsibility with its self-induced misery.
Virtue-love as a problem solving device is the secret of your relationship with God, mankind, and in personal love.
2TI 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
There is no built-in virtue in personal love, which only requires that another meet your standards of beauty, attractiveness, and rapport.
Personal love is only a virtue when directed toward God. Impersonal love is only a virtue when directed toward all mankind.
Disappointment, disillusion, frustration, dissatisfaction with others cannot damage his happiness under the principle of misery derived from getting your eyes on people.
False priorities exist when social life, business life, sexual life take precedence over your residence, function, and momentum inside the PPOG.
Love or hatred, attraction or animosity, romance or disenchantment, friendship or disillusion can distract you from the fulfillment of the PPOG and the glorification of TLJC; unless you have passed momentum suffering.
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