Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery. Part 162. How to handle people testing with your portfolio of invisible assets.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
1. The old sin nature test.
2. Cosmic #1 test.
3. Cosmic #2 test.
4. Disaster testing.
5. People testing.
6. System testing.
7. Thought testing.
8. Prosperity testing.
5. People testing.
(1) 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 autonomy, or spiritual maturity.
(2) 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.
1CO 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
Under the PPOG, God designed His plan so that your happiness will always reside in you, and you do not depend on people or things for your happiness.
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.
You bring your happiness to others, but do not lean on others or circumstances for your happiness.
Without impersonal love from spiritual autonomy, you become a slave to people.
When or if you fall in love, look how you act, how you change your modus operandi, how you begin to think in different terms relating everything you do to that person.
When you make a friend or fall in love, when you become jealous, possessive, when 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.
Spiritual autonomy is the prerequisite for solving all problems of human relationships, i.e. people testing, also accompanied by system and thought testing.
Virtue-love as a problem-solving device belongs primarily to the spiritual adult.
At the same time, you have no control over your life, canceling all the characteristics of spiritual self-esteem and spiritual autonomy.
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.
Personal love is only a virtue when directed toward God. Impersonal love is only a virtue when directed toward all mankind.
Through impersonal love, the believer has control of his own life and he maintains control of his own happiness.
Once you attain spiritual adulthood, and you begin to function under the three categories of suffering for blessing, God becomes the source of your happiness, not people.
Whether it is love or hatred, attraction or animosity, romance or disenchantment, friendship or disillusion, these can distract you from the fulfillment of the PPOG and the glorification of our Lord Jesus Christ; unless you have passed momentum testing.
As suffering for blessing, it is the only way to bring tranquility into your life to make your relationships wonderful and worthwhile.
The reaction factor in personality conflict becomes a source of great irritation and misery to most believers today.
When you react to people in some form of antagonism, they immediately have control over your life, so that you resort to either mental or verbal hostility or even violence.
Response results in cosmic evangelism, whereas reaction leads to motivational and functional evil.
When you can utilize impersonal love as a problem-solving device in these three stages, you have made the greatest stride in your spiritual life.
Love is not a gift, but an entire way of life without which all actions must be judged utterly worthless.
It is love itself that is kind, or does not boast, rather than the person who displays love.
Lovelessness breeds thousands of variations on inferiority complexes and superiority complexes.
Patient - makrothumei = usually suggests not merely willingness to wait a long time, or endurance of suffering without giving way, but endurance of injuries without retaliation.
PRO 19:11 A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.
PRO 19:11 “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is his glory to overlook an offense.”
“Heâ€™ agape makrothumei” = “the love is patient”
Makrothumei or patience = poise and self-control where you are able to handle suffering, hostility, provocation, and unjust treatment.
Patience is stability of mentality under unjust treatment.
Patience also gives you the ability to make good decisions under provocation and unjust treatment.
Patience also means that you have personal control of your life so you do not surrender your happiness because of someone who has been antagonistic toward you.
Love is kind = not merely patient or long-suffering in the face of injury, but quick to pay back kindness what it received in hurt.
Kind - chresteuomai = to show oneself useful, to perform acts of kindness, to have integrity, to have moral, honest, and artistic values.
Pres-mid-ind = impersonal unconditional love causes an individual to perform gracious acts.
Jealous - pres-act-ind - zeloo = to be envious, jealous, to strive, to be resentful and spiteful.
Brag - perpereuetai = to boast, to brag; it also means one who is talkative, an exaggerator.
In Classical Greek this word was used for those constantly asserting themselves and having an obsession with criticizing and wounding others with aggressive words.
Phusioo = to be inflated, puffed up, conceited, to put on airs or to pretend.
You can spot a gentlemen not by the way he addresses his king but by the way he addresses servants.
Aschemonei = to behave indecently, disgracefully, to act improperly or unfairly.
In the Old Testament, in the Septuagint, it is used in DEU 25:3 to disgrace others publicly, or to publicly humiliate.
Love not only does not seek that which does not belong to it; it is prepared to give up for the sake of others even what it is entitled to.