Counsel from Scripture

Richard Anthony

Romans 12 contains the duty for those in Christ. Galatians 5:22-23 contains the character traits of a believer in Christ.

  • Always be striving to find out what best pleases the Lord (Ephesians 5:10).
  • We should lend without expecting anything in return (Luke 6:34-35).
  • Don't be ashamed to preach God to kings (Psalm 119:46).
  • Do not hold hard feelings towards God or man (Acts 24:16, 1 Peter 4:8).
  • Don't regard our temporal interests, but eternal interests (Matthew 6:19, John 6:27).
  • Do not pursue your own interests, but God's (Matthew 16:25-26, Mark 8:35-36, Luke 9:24-25).
  • It's importance to have at least a partner in the ministry, no loners (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Matthew 11:2; 18:20; 21:1, Mark 6:7; 11:1; 14:13, Luke 7:19; 10:1; 19:29, John 1:35, 37, Acts 9:38).
  • Bondservants of Christ should actually have others speak bad of them, and not everyone speaking good (Luke 6:26).
  • The best way to expose and oppose a lie is by knowing the Truth (John 8:32).
  • Paul became as the people he preached to in order to gain them. (1 Corinthians 9:19-22).
  • He that believes will not act hastily (Isaiah 28:16).
  • We are not to compare themselves to others (2 Corinthians 10:12).
  • Don't blame God for your problems. When we plant the seed of trouble, we will reap the same (Galatians 6:7). It is very important to give God the glory, and not ourselves (Acts 12:22-23).
  • We are to be content with he things we have, with our wages, etc. (Luke 3:14, Hebrews 13:5, Philippians 4:11).

  • Passages to Ponder

    Micah 6:8, "Has it not been told thee, O man, what is good? or what does the LORD require of thee, but to do justice, and love mercy, and be ready to walk with the Lord thy God?"

    Matthew 7:7-8, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."

    2 Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

    James 1:27, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

    Colossians 3:2-3, "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God."

    Proverbs 16:7, "When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him."

    John 7:18, "He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him."

    James 4:8, "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you."

    1 Peter 3:15, "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:"

    1 Thessalonians 5:21, "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."

    2 Corinthians 13:5, "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"

    Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

    1 Corinthians 15:33, "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners."

    Hebrews 13:15-16, "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased."

    1 Timothy 6:20, "...keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: "

    2 John 1:9-11, "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."

    Proverbs 24:15, "Bring not an ungodly man into the dwelling of the righteous: neither be deceived by the feeding of the belly."

    Proverbs 18:13, "He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him."

    Proverbs 29:20, "Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him."

    Proverbs 3:5, "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding."

    Isaiah 33:15-16, "He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; He shall dwell on high:"

    Romans 13:13-14, "Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof."

    2 Peter 1:5-8, "And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."

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