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Speaking the truth in love is important. Some things must be said. Also, when receiving counsel or a reply, remember you as the reader may have a propensity to assign vocal inflections to the written text. You may jump to an inference that wasn't implied by the writer. This has always been a problem for me. I think James 1:19 is important here.
 

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Speaking the truth in love is important. Some things must be said. Also, when receiving counsel or a reply, remember you as the reader may have a propensity to assign vocal inflections to the written text. You may jump to an inference that wasn't implied by the writer. This has always been a problem for me. I think James 1:19 is important here.

Good advice in that verse Papa Zoom. It is so easy to take offence from the written word, because you cannot see the person nor can you hear their tone of voice.

Agreed some things have to be said.
 

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This is a topic that should not have to be brought up, but needs to be brought up so thank you Tessa.

Many different types of religions have been trying to teach us Gods word through their own doctrines and interpretations and this is what is pinning Christian against Christian, religion against religion through debating and arguing Gods word to the point of heated discussions. It is no wonder that those who do not know God turn away and want nothing to do with anything they hear. Confusion brings with it frustration and drives people away, but if love is displayed above all it will draw others to that light of Christ that needs to be shining through us even if we do not agree all the time.


1 John 4:7 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 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. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us. 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
 

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This is a topic that should not have to be brought up, but needs to be brought up so thank you Tessa.

Many different types of religions have been trying to teach us Gods word through their own doctrines and interpretations and this is what is pinning Christian against Christian, religion against religion through debating and arguing Gods word to the point of heated discussions. It is no wonder that those who do not know God turn away and want nothing to do with anything they hear. Confusion brings with it frustration and drives people away, but if love is displayed above all it will draw others to that light of Christ that needs to be shining through us even if we do not agree all the time.


1 John 4:7 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 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. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us. 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Thank you For_His_Glory.

I think we have to stop and think how we say things. Like Papa Zoom said in his post. Sometimes people reply in disagreement, in a hurtful way. I don't think they mean to, but accusing people of being something that they are not is the opposite of showing love. If it happens to me I try to answer with love, if it carries on I walk away, and pray for them.

The scripture you quoted is so clear. Verse 20 says we cannot love God and hate our brother.

Love to you for_his_glory :hug
 

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Psalm 133
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head,
that ran down upon the beard,
even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion:
for there the Lord commanded the blessing,
even life for evermore.
 

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Psalm 133
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head,
that ran down upon the beard,
even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion:
for there the Lord commanded the blessing,
even life for evermore.

Wonderful !
 

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Thank you For_His_Glory.

I think we have to stop and think how we say things. Like Papa Zoom said in his post. Sometimes people reply in disagreement, in a hurtful way. I don't think they mean to, but accusing people of being something that they are not is the opposite of showing love. If it happens to me I try to answer with love, if it carries on I walk away, and pray for them.

The scripture you quoted is so clear. Verse 20 says we cannot love God and hate our brother.

Love to you for_his_glory :hug

much love back at ya :hug
 

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Micah 4:1-2
But in the last days it shall come to pass,
that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains,
and it shall be exalted above the hills;
and people shall flow unto it.
And many nations shall come, and say,
Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
and to the house of the God of Jacob;
and he will teach us of his ways,
and we will walk in his paths:
for the law shall go forth of Zion,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Micah 4:3
And he shall judge among many people,
and rebuke strong nations afar off;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruninghooks:
nation shall not lift up a sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.

Micah 4:4
But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree;
and none shall make them afraid:
for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.

Micah 4:5

For all people will walk every one in the name of his god,
and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.
 

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Brotherly Love​

1 Peter 3:8 NKJV "Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted; be courteous."
I was wondering if anyone can give me
1. Ways in which we, as brothers and sisters, can show we love each other, in how we post.
2. Any other verses that talk about brotherly love.
Hello Tessa. John appears to expound on that in his epistles:

1Jo 2:10 he who is loving his brother, in the light he doth remain, and a stumbling-block in him there is not;
1Jo 3:10 In this manifest are the children of God, and the children of the devil; every one who is not doing righteousness, is not of God, and he who is not loving his brother,
1Jo 3:14 we -- we have known that we have passed out of the death to the life, because we love the brethren; he who is not loving the brother doth remain in the death.


1Jo 4:20 if any one may say -- 'I love God,' and his brother he may hate, a liar he is; for he who is not loving his brother whom he hath seen, God -- whom he hath not seen -- how is he able to love? 21 and this is the command we have from Him, that he who is loving God, may also love his brother.
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Jesus mentions the 6th Assembly of Philadelphia in Revelation, which literally means "brotherly love". [The opposite of the 4th Assembly in Thyatira.......]

Some say John of the Gospel and his Epistles is the same one that that visioned Revelation ["I John".....Rev 1:9 Rev 22:8.]

Revelation 3:
7 And to the Messenger of the Assembly in Philadelphia write!
Now this is saying the True One, the Holy One, the One having the Key of David and the One opening and no one shall be locking, and locking and no one is opening. 8 I am aware of the works of thee, behold! I have given in view of thee a door having been opened which no one is able to lock. That little power thou art having and thou keep the word of Me and disown the name of Me 9 Behold! I have given out of the snynagogue of the Satan, of the ones saying themselves Judeans to be and not they are, but are falsifying. Behold! I shall be making them that they shall be arriving and they shall be worshiping before the feet of thee and they may be knowing that I love thee.
10 That thou keep the word of the endurance of Me, I also shall be keeping the out of the hour of the trial, of the one being about to be coming upon the whole being homed, to try those dwelling upon the land. 11 I am coming swiftly. Be holding fast! which thou are having, that no one may be taking the crown of thee.
12 The one conquering, I shall be making him a pillar in the Sanctuary of the GOD of Me and outward not no he may be coming out still. And I shall be writing on him the name of the GOD of Me and the name of the City of the GOD of Me, of the New Jerusalem of the one descending out of the heaven from the GOD of Me and the name of Me, the new. 13 The one having ear let him hear! what the Spirit is saying to the Assemblies
From a favorite commentator of mine:

Part 54
THE CHURCH IN PHILADELPHIA​

The Greek word for Philadelphia is Philadelphos and its meaning is “one who loves his brother.” Philadelphia was a young city founded and colonized by people from Pergamos.
Of the seven churches, two of them received no indictment from the Lord, nor were they told to repent. The church in Smyrna was known as the “suffering church” because of their severe persecutions, and they were not told to repent. The Lord saw their trouble and tribulation, their poverty and imprisonment, their unswerving steadfastness and great faithfulness, and they did not need to be told to repent. It was in their hearts to repent when the need arose, for the work of God ran deep in their lives.
In fact, not one negative thing is said about the church in Philadelphia!
We can benefit from the positive things said..............................
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A fairly informative vid of that 6th Assembly:

It’s been almost 2,000 years since the apostle John was instructed by Jesus to write letters to the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation. These timeless letters reveal a message of God’s love through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus, identify and provide correction for problems in the church, and offer hope and encouragement for the future.
"The Seven Churches of Revelation" is a perfect resource to help individuals or small groups gain a new perspective on the book of Revelation. Discover how you can find courage to face challenges with the confidence of knowing that in the end, Jesus wins!

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I didn't mean to come across as judgmental in my response, btw. Its just...have you noticed how any time a Christian gets sufficient press coverage, there's always other Christians there to tear them down? I -get- that there are doctrinal differences, etc., but...wow. It can be intense, especially on The Internet.

I do think this forum has moved in a kinder, gentler, more compassionate direction lately, and I'm thankful. Getting rid of the political forum was a -good- move, I think. :)
Getting rid of the political forum I think was a fabulous move. I count this forum as my church, all my brothers and sisters.
Religion and politics can sometimes be like mixing dirt with water, making "mud".......as the 1st century Jews found out in 70ad.......

Jhn 19:
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From this time was Pilate seeking to release him, and the Jews were crying out, saying, 'If this one thou mayest release, thou art not a friend of Caesar; every one making himself a king, doth speak against Caesar.'
15 and they cried out, 'Take away, take away, crucify him;' Pilate saith to them, 'Your king shall I crucify?' the chief priests answered, 'We have no king except Caesar.'


Heb 7:28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness;
but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.


Coincidentally, the 1st century Roman currency is mentioned in Revelation concerning the famine of 70ad Jerusalem....
Revelation 6:6 And I hear a voice in midst of the four living-ones saying: "a measure of grain/wheat a denari and three measures of barleys a denari, and the oil and the wine no you should be injuring".
Jospehus' account of the wrath that befell the 1s century Priests and High Priests:

*snip*

The three factions, rendered frantic by drunkenness, rage, and desperation, trampling on heaps of slain, fought against each other with brutal savageness and madness.
Even such as brou't sacrifices to the temple were murdered. The dead bodies of priests and worshippers, both natives and foreigners were heaped together, and a lake of blood stagnated in the sacred courts..............

....while Simon Goras chose this melancholy and awful period to manifest the deep Malignity and cruelty of his nature in the execution of the High Priest Matthias, and his three sons, whom he caused to be condemned as favourers of the Romans. The father, in consideration of his having opened the city gates to Simon, begged that he Might be executed previously to his children ; but the unfeeling tyrant gave orders that he should be dispatched in the last place, and in his expiring moments insultingly asked him, whether the Romans could then relieve him. ..........

..........The day on which Titus encompassed Jerusalem, was the feast of the Passover.....

 
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Hello Tessa. John appears to expound on that in his epistles:

1Jo 2:10 he who is loving his brother, in the light he doth remain, and a stumbling-block in him there is not;
1Jo 3:10 In this manifest are the children of God, and the children of the devil; every one who is not doing righteousness, is not of God, and he who is not loving his brother,
1Jo 3:14 we -- we have known that we have passed out of the death to the life, because we love the brethren; he who is not loving the brother doth remain in the death.


1Jo 4:20 if any one may say -- 'I love God,' and his brother he may hate, a liar he is; for he who is not loving his brother whom he hath seen, God -- whom he hath not seen -- how is he able to love? 21 and this is the command we have from Him, that he who is loving God, may also love his brother.
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Jesus mentions the 6th Assembly of Philadelphia in Revelation, which literally means "brotherly love". [The opposite of the 4th Assembly in Thyatira.......]

Some say John of the Gospel and his Epistles is the same one that that visioned Revelation ["I John".....Rev 1:9 Rev 22:8.]

Revelation 3:

From a favorite commentator of mine:

Part 54
THE CHURCH IN PHILADELPHIA​

The Greek word for Philadelphia is Philadelphos and its meaning is “one who loves his brother.” Philadelphia was a young city founded and colonized by people from Pergamos.
Of the seven churches, two of them received no indictment from the Lord, nor were they told to repent. The church in Smyrna was known as the “suffering church” because of their severe persecutions, and they were not told to repent. The Lord saw their trouble and tribulation, their poverty and imprisonment, their unswerving steadfastness and great faithfulness, and they did not need to be told to repent. It was in their hearts to repent when the need arose, for the work of God ran deep in their lives.
In fact, not one negative thing is said about the church in Philadelphia!
We can benefit from the positive things said..............................
==============================
A fairly informative vid of that 6th Assembly:

It’s been almost 2,000 years since the apostle John was instructed by Jesus to write letters to the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation. These timeless letters reveal a message of God’s love through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus, identify and provide correction for problems in the church, and offer hope and encouragement for the future.
"The Seven Churches of Revelation" is a perfect resource to help individuals or small groups gain a new perspective on the book of Revelation. Discover how you can find courage to face challenges with the confidence of knowing that in the end, Jesus wins!

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Hello GodIsMySavior
Thank you for those beautiful verses of John's. Thry definitely show just how important brotherly love is. I an going to read them a few more times. Wow! We can't love God if we don't love our brother, that is a very strong statement.
My phone won't play the sound on the video. I will try to find out why.
Thank you for the info on Philadelphia. I didn"t know it meant Brotherly Love or how it was founded.
May we all have love as they had.
Blessings to You.
 

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Micah 4:1-2
But in the last days it shall come to pass,
that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains,
and it shall be exalted above the hills;
and people shall flow unto it.
And many nations shall come, and say,
Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
and to the house of the God of Jacob;
and he will teach us of his ways,
and we will walk in his paths:
for the law shall go forth of Zion,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Micah 4:3
And he shall judge among many people,
and rebuke strong nations afar off;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruninghooks:
nation shall not lift up a sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.

Micah 4:4
But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree;
and none shall make them afraid:
for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.

Micah 4:5

For all people will walk every one in the name of his god,
and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.
Hi ezrider
These are wonderful. What promises we have from The Lord. I tried to imagine what it would be like, and I felt an amazing peace.
 

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Hello GodIsMySavior
Thank you for those beautiful verses of John's. Thry definitely show just how important brotherly love is. I an going to read them a few more times. Wow! We can't love God if we don't love our brother, that is a very strong statement.
My phone won't play the sound on the video. I will try to find out why. Thank you for the info on Philadelphia. I didn't know it meant Brotherly Love or how it was founded.May we all have love as they had. Blessings to You
Hello Tessa and thank you. I have found that a lot of names, places, events, etc in the Bible generally have a meaning, both in the Hebrew and Greek.

In my rather in depth studies of the 7 Churches, one I found particularly interesting is the 2nd Church, Smyrna, which is said to be a derivative of "myrrh"
Myrrh is shown in 2 verses, at both the birth and death/burial of our Lord Jesus.........

G4666 matches the Greek (smyrna), occurs 2 times in 2verses in the Greek concordance of the KJV
Mat 2:11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.<4666>
Jhn 19:39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.[fn]
2:8 "And to The Messenger of the in assembly of Smyrna<4667>, write!

Of the seven churches, two of them received no indictment from the Lord, nor were they told to repent. The church in Smyrna was known as the “suffering church” because of their severe persecutions, and they were not told to repent.
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I have found that a good lexicon/concordance is extremely useful. A favorite of mine is:

3464.
muron moo'-ron probably of foreign origin (compare 4753, 4666); "myrrh", i.e. (by implication) perfumed oil:--ointment

4666. smurna smoor'-nah apparently strengthened for 3464; myrrh:--myrrh.

4667. Smurna smoor'-nah the same as 4666; Smyrna, a place in Asia Minor:--Smyrna
Smyrna means “sweet smelling” and comes from the root word for myrrh.

myrrh, a symbol of sorrow, suffering, and death, an apt picture of the trials, troubles, and tribulations through which we are passing on our journey into perfection....
Myrrh was used to embalm the bodies of the dead. Carefully the linens were prepared, and wound around the bodies of the loved ones, while myrrh was packed between the folds of the cloth. Thus was the body of our Lord embalmed!

After the death of Jesus, the women, who had loved and followed Him on earth, brought one hundred pounds of myrrh and aloes to the tomb. With what grief did they take that precious body and wind about it the linen cloths! With what untold tenderness did they lay it away in the bed of fragrant spices!
Thus myrrh is a type of suffering and death, and some in the church at Smyrna were to pass through bitter persecution, severe trials, and intense testings, as a picture of that which all of God’s called and chosen elect must also pass through. Their sufferings, however, instead of destroying them, would give forth the rich perfume of heaven, the life of the spirit!
We know a lot of Revelation is historical, such as Revelation 12 showing the birth and ascension of Jesus.

Matthew 1:21 and she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.’ [Micah 5:2]
Luke 2:7 and she brought forth her Son — the first-born, and wrapped Him, and laid Him down in the manger, because there was not for them a place in the guest-chamber. [Revelation 12:5]

Revelation 12:5 And she brought forth a Son, a male, Who is being about to be shepherding all the nations in iron rod/staff.
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John 19:30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. [Revelation 1:18]

Revelation 1:18 and the living One! And I became dead and behold! I am living into the ages of the ages. And I am having the keys of the Hades and of the Death.

Acts 1:9 And these things having said — they beholding —He was taken up, and a cloud did receive Him up from their sight; [Revelation 12:5]

Revelation 12:5 And she brought forth a Son, a male, Who is about to be shepherding<4165> all the nations in iron rod/staff. And caught away was her Child unto God and His throne,
 
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I would like to believe I love everyone like Jesus commanded us to do. But the truth is I have been drawn into many debates on this forum and that is not love. I need to let others have their own opinion, even if that opinion is unloving. Letting people be a "work in progress" is love. Tolerance is love. Restraint of pen and tongue (AA) is love. Acceptance is love. Love is many things, least among these is that love is hard sometimes.
 

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I would like to believe I love everyone like Jesus commanded us to do. But the truth is I have been drawn into many debates on this forum and that is not love. I need to let others have their own opinion, even if that opinion is unloving. Letting people be a "work in progress" is love. Tolerance is love. Restraint of pen and tongue (AA) is love. Acceptance is love. Love is many things, least among these is that love is hard sometimes.
This may be all true but there are times when love demands correction. In other words, it may not be loving to ignore sinful behavior for the sake of tolerance for to continue in sinful behavior could be leading to death.

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Galatians 6:1 NKJV

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 2 Timothy 4:1-2 NKJV

“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector." Matthew 18:15-17 NKJV

Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. 1 Timothy 5:19-21 NKJV
 
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