Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2
Verses about doing for others what Christ did for you
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
All other kingdoms have lords who tell people what to do: God’s Kingdom has servants. Minister—servant, deacon. God’s people look for the last spot, not the first. Jesus washing disciple’s feet.
PLEASE OTHERS NOT SELF
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
Please self—do what accommodates, pleases or is agreeable to you alone, but rather do what brings good to others. Jesus didn’t just die for God’s will, but for our good. Servants will be reproached if their Master is.
GIVE YOUR MONEY AWAY
2 Corinthians 8:1-2—section of book about getting rich Corinth to give money.
Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
2 Corinthians 8:7
Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
2 Corinthians 8:9
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
Macedonia received the message of grace, bought into it, got persecuted, then showed grace by giving to others. Their affliction made their giving more joyous.
Christ became poor—by being made man, having no place to lay his head, not taking His kingdom but suffering for sinners, etc.
2 Corinthians 9:7—God loves a cheerful giver.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Forbear—to let present offense go. Forgive—to let past offense go.
Quarrel—complaint—Christ had a huge complaint against us! Yet He is willing to forgive us. Above all—the top layer of what you put on. Love covers a multitude of sin. Bond of perfectness--sums it up all together. The upper garment that holds everything else together.
LOVE—the summation of all above
1 John 4:7-12
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.8 He that loveth not knoweth not [never knew] God; for God is love.9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
We are unworthy of love and without a sense of what Love is, until God showed us His love by loving us anyway. No one has seen God, but they should be able to see him in us.
The opposite of the Gospel is selfishness. People are selfish. The Gospel is an offense. If you want to understand it better; start doing it.