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A Lover And A Fighter By Faith

Discussion in 'Discipleship: Following Jesus' started by Minister Monardo, Jun 24, 2021.

  1. Minister Monardo

    Minister Monardo Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Matthew 5:
    43
    You have heard that it hath been said, You shall love thy neighbor,
    and hate your enemy.

    44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
    do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you,
    and persecute you;

    45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He makes
    His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.


    These things we must do, as long as we have breath.
    Matthew 22:
    31
    But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken
    to you by God, saying,

    32 I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?
    God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

    We can do so, because we have no fear of death.
    Hebrews 2:
    14
    Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself
    likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had
    the power of death, that is, the devil,
    15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject
    to bondage.

    Herein therefore, is that victory. To be a lover and a fighter.
    1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because
    fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

    1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which
    you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence
    of many witnesses.
     
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  2. Halbhh

    Halbhh Everything You say is Life to me Supporter

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    To help clarify what battle we are 'fighting', we remember we are not 'fighting' people(!)...

    Our real enemy is not people, scripture says:

    Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world's darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

    So, there is a "good fight", and there is a "battle", but we are not 'fighting' 'against flesh and blood', so we are not 'fighters' in that commonplace American way of using the word 'fighter' (usually thought to mean: a person that fights other people).

    Rather, we are in the battle to win against darkness (and we remember that only through Christ can we do so).
     
  3. Minister Monardo

    Minister Monardo Well-Known Member Supporter

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    2 Corinthians 10:
    3
    For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
    4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for
    pulling down strongholds,
    5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against
    the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
     
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