25 January 2020

A Few Thoughts About Discernment

Knowing truth from lies

A1 The Bible is the only source of 100% truth.
B1 Truth is reality. It is the plain correspondence theory of truth.
B2 It is most reasonable to believe this about the Bible because of Jesus. Did He exist? Did He do what is written about Him? Are the Gospels true history? Were the Gospels written in the middle first century?
B3 It’s reasonable to consider knowing the Bible well will result in knowing good from evil. Hebrews 5:14 WEL But solid food belongs to those who are mature having their spiritual senses exercised through use to discern both good and evil.
C1 Someone who is mature, that is, full grown on the food of Bible study will have their spiritual senors mature, too.
C2 Spiritual senses=
D1 The Greek word αἰσθητήριον aisthētḗrion.
D2 It means "145 (aisthētērion, neuter noun) focuses on the principle of sense and especially its result. 144 /aísthēsis (the feminine cognate) is the brand of sense-discernment which shrewdly sizes things up. 145 (aisthētḗrion) is "the concrete organ of sense, becoming virtually a habitual ability which must be developed and enables believers to distinguish between the spirits. It is a spiritual gift which must be developed in practice" (DNTT, 2, 391).
D3 This particular sensor is used to distinguish good from evil. Both good and evil are based on God’s standard.
C3 Exercised means exercised. Physical exercise has good effects. Spiritual exercise does too. The more spiritual exercise we do, the stronger we become.
C4 The Greek word for discern is διάκρισις diákrisis. It means 1253 diákrisis (from 1252 /diakrínō, see there) – properly, a thorough judgment, i.e. a discernment (conclusion) which distinguishes "look-alikes," i.e. things that appear to be the same. (Note the intensifying force of the prefix, dia.) See also 1252 (diakrínō).
C5 By Bible reading, study, thinking about it, memorizing, and living it has a great effect on us. We will be able to distinguish good from evil.
A2 The interpretation of the Bible
B1 The plain, normal sense consistently
B2 Recognizing the historical and cultural settings
B3 Recognizing prescriptive from descriptive passages
A3 The basics we must know
B1 The basic summary of what we must do: Matthew 22:37-40 MKJV Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
B2 It includes all that God speaks: Matthew 4:4 MKJV But He answered and said, It is written, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."
B3 When the Bible quotes someone whether king or commoner, the quote is accurate. The quote may or may not be truth. Example: Matthew 9:33-34 MKJV And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb one spoke. And multitudes marveled, saying, Never was it seen like this in Israel! 34 But the Pharisees said, He throws out demons by the ruler of the demons.
A4 The importance of personal learning. Instead of reading commentators, listening to teachers, going to meetings, we must daily study the Scriptures themselves.
A5 The importance of meditating on and studying Scripture
B1 Studying
C1 Ezra did: Ezra 7:10 GW Ezra was determined to study the LORD's Teachings, live by them, and teach their rules and regulations in Israel.
C2 The Psalmist did by reflecting on Scripture: Psalms 119:15 GW I want to reflect on your guiding principles and study your ways.
C3 Correct study and interpretation leads to staying in the truth instead of wandering away: 2 Timothy 2:15-18 PickNT Make every effort to render yourself approved by God, a worker who doesn't need to be ashamed, handling the Word of the Truth correctly. 16 But shun godless, empty chatter, because those who do it will become increasingly godless, 17 and their word will spread like gangrene—among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have wandered away from the Truth, saying that the resurrection has already occurred; and they overturn the faith of some.
B2 Meditating on Scripture is not passive that is bypassing the brain, going into a trance, seeking the wisdom masters of the spirit world, etc. All those things of not God’s way and are condemned. Scripture meditation is active. It is like brain exercises as we study. Joshua 1:8 NIV Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
B3 Example:
C1 Verse: Hebrews 5:12-14 MKJV For indeed because of the time, you ought to be teachers, you have need that one teach you again what are the first principles of the oracles of God. And you have become in need of milk, and not of solid food. 13 For everyone who uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, even those who because of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
C2 Simple, brief interpretation:
D1 Milk and solid food. A diet of milk in associated with a baby. Solid food is associated with someone mature.
D2 Applied to spiritual knowledge and understanding, a diet of milk means one is unskillful with the Scriptures like an infant. A diet of solid food means the person will have their senses exercised in discernment.
D3 Discernment refers to recognizing God’s way from some other way. God’s beliefs from some other belief, and God’s lifestyle from some other lifestyle.
D4 Actively thinking about this verse, studying its meaning, its cross references, etc. produces knowledge. Knowledge applied to a situation is wisdom.
A6 Study leads to spiritual growth in discernment for individuals and the congregation
B1 Apostles studied: Acts 6:3&7 MKJV Therefore, brothers, look out among you seven men being witnessed to, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this duty...7 And the word of God was increasing. And the number of the disciples in Jerusalem was multiplying exceedingly; even a great crowd of the priests obeyed the faith.
B2 Humans words do not last, but God’s word does: Acts 12:23-24 MKJV And immediately the angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give God the glory. And he was eaten by worms and gave up the spirit. 24 But the Word of God grew and increased. [Emphasis is mine]
B3 Spread around: Acts 13:49 MKJV And the Word of the Lord was carried throughout all the country.
B4 Bears fruit: Colossians 1:5-6 MKJV for the hope which is laid up for you in Heaven, of which you heard before in the Word of the truth of the gospel, 6 which has come to you as it has also in all the world, and it is bearing fruit, even also among you, since the day you heard and fully knew the grace of God in truth,
B5 Heard in reading and teaching has a great effect: I Thessalonians 2:13 MKJV And for this cause we thank God without ceasing, that when you received the Word of hearing, of God, you welcomed it as the Word of God, not as a word of men, but as it is, truly the Word of God, which also effectually works in you who believe.
A7 Discernment
B1 We are to pray for it as Solomon did: 1 Kings 3:9 WEB Give your servant therefore an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this your great people?
B2 Our love is to grow. This love is not just tolerance. It is a love with the conditions of knowledge and understanding. Thus, we won’t just love everything and everyone but will have discernment. Philippians 1:9-10 ISV And this is my prayer, that your love will keep on growing more and more in full knowledge and perfect insight, 10 so that you may be able to determine what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.
C1 The word discernment is the Greek word αἴσθησις aísthēsis. It means properly, the brand of sense-discernment which "cuts through" hazy ethical (moral) matters to really "size things up" .
C2 Thus, knowing God’s standards, we can decide if something is godly or ungodly.
C3 We give praise to God by our actions and give witness to His truth.
B3 We are commanded to test all things: I Thessalonians 5:21 BSB but test all things. Hold fast to what is good.
B4 Discernment is a regular activity in the Christian life. See Jesus’s rebuke of the religious frauds:
C1 Luke 12:54-57 GW Jesus said to the crowds, "When you see a cloud coming up in the west, you immediately say, 'There's going to be a rainstorm,' and it happens. 55 When you see a south wind blowing, you say, 'It's going to be hot,' and that's what happens. 56 You hypocrites! You can forecast the weather by judging the appearance of earth and sky. But for some reason you don't know how to judge the time in which you're living. 57 So why don't you judge for yourselves what is right?
C2 Simon, a Pharisee, was asked by the Lord Jesus to judge: Luke 7:43 GW Simon answered, "I suppose the one who had the largest debt canceled." Jesus said to him, "You're right!"
B5 This is the reason we must know the Bible well: Hebrews 4:12 NIV For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

All of our Christian life is one of discernment. Is this teaching, activity, belief, congregation, preacher, etc. safe? By knowing, studying, and applying the truths of Scripture, we can prevent much heart grief.

23 January 2020

A Few Thoughts About Christ’s Respect for the Church

I’m writing this article in response to those who teach that husbands are to love their wives but not respect them, and those who teach the wife is to respect her husband. Respect, the way some of these teachers define it, borders on the idea of entitlement. Believe it or not it is rather common. One such book is Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. One of many critical reviews can be found here (note, I don’t endorse everything on that website).

Christ is head of the church:
B1 Ephesians 5:23 NIV For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
B2 Ephesians 1:22 NIV And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,

The church is all believers from Pentecost to the Rapture
B1 Ephesians 1:23 NIV which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
B2 Romans 12:4-5 NLT Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ's body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

Christ is the bridegroom, the church is the bride (as understood by most commentators):
B1 Revelation 19:7-8 LEB Let us rejoice and be glad and give him the glory, because the wedding celebration of the Lamb has come, and his bride has prepared herself. 8 And it has been granted to her that she be dressed in bright, clean fine linen (for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints).
B2 2 Corinthians 11:2 NLT For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ.

Christ respects his “wife,” the church:
B1 Christ’s style of leadership is to delegate
C1 Proverbs 31:10-31 (The NLT gives the best rendition)
D1 The husband delegates managing the house to his wife: Proverbs 31:11 NLT Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.
E1 The Hebrew word for trust is בָּטַח bâṭach.
E2 It means not to fear, have trust, have confidence in
D2 The wife assesses what needs to be done
D3 The wife delegates what needs to be done to her maids (servants), who do the work: Proverbs 31:15 NLT She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day's work for her servant girls.
D4 The wife goes out of the house to buy land, “makes sure her dealings are profitable,” and “she gives instructions with kindness.”
D5 She overseers the work done in the house: Proverbs 31:27 GW She keeps a close eye on the conduct of her family, and she does not eat the bread of idleness.
D6 She receives the credit for doing her work well: Proverbs 31:31 NLT Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.
C2 God delegates
D1 Rule as with Adam & Eve: Genesis 1:26 CSB Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth." (Adam lost this when he sinned. So satan in now the power. The Lord Jesus will finish satan and destroy him totally, then the Lord Jesus will rule the earth from Jerusalem. See Zechariah 14 especially: Zechariah 14:9, 17 NLT And the LORD will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one LORD—his name alone will be worshiped. ... 17 Any nation in the world that refuses to come to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of Heaven's Armies, will have no rain).
D2 Rule as in human government: Romans 13:1 GW Every person should obey the government in power. No government would exist if it hadn't been established by God. The governments which exist have been put in place by God
D3 Administrators of the congregation: Acts 20:28 NET Watch out for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son.
D4 All of us for discipling: Ephesians 4:11-13 NET It was he who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God - a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ's full stature.
D5 Jesus as Messiah and Redeemer: Luke 22:42 NIV Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.
D6 Remember that God gives us the grace to accomplish what He wants from us: Philippians 2:13 NIV for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
B2 Christ assigns the church to reign. If the Church is the bride, then Jesus gives us the example to follow.
C1 Revelation 20:6 NIV Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
C2 2 Timothy 2:12 NIV if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us;
C3 Revelation 5:10 NET You have appointed them as a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."
B3 Christ treats the wife as He wants to be treated Himself: Matthew 19:19 NIV honor your father and mother,' and 'love your neighbor as yourself.'"
B4 Christ does not control; He delegates.

One verse, taken out of context, that is a proof text for these types of teachers is Ephesians 5:24 NET But as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Knowing all what I wrote above and the critical review, how can this verse mean that the wife must do everything her husband tells us. Remember now, everything.
B1 The Bible understands the meaning of everything to be everything pleasing to God, as God acts, and as lawful. If the husband commands her to sin, she must not obey him.
B2 Christ’s leadership style is not a dictator but a delegator.
B3 The abusive, so-called, Marriage Enrichment type books have it so, so wrong.
B4 Submit in English meansintransitive verb 1a: to yield oneself to the authority or will of another : SURRENDER
B4 In Greek the word is ὑποτάσσω hypotássō. It means to place under: 6. to obey, be subject A Greek military term meaning to arrange [troop divisions] in a military fashion under the command of a leader. In non-military use, it was a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden.
C1 So the word does NOT mean using force of position, voice, strength, etc.
C2 It carries the meaning of cooperating, taking responsibility, and carrying out our tasks.

Too many teachers leave out the context of Ephesians 5:24. So, here it is: Ephesians 5:21-24 NLT And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. [Emphasis is mine]

We are not to be the dictator, enforcer, bully, abuser, despot, authoritarian, etc.

All marriages are either Christian or controlling. If it is controlling, it is not Christian. If it is Christian, it is not controlling. Some links about this herehere, and All Power and Control Regimes Share the Same Basic Characteristics.

We are to be cooperative, working on problems together, rejoicing together, giving each other advice, respecting each other, loving each other, etc. If there is a final disagreement (a tie), then it is best to seek outside counsel from multiple people, not just one.

God HATES abuse. The wife is often blamed for difficulties in the home.
B1 This is outwardly treats his wife nicely, but in private, it is a totally different thing: Malachi 2:16 ISV “Indeed, the Lord God of Israel says that he hates divorce, along with the one who conceals his violence by outward appearances,” says the Lord of the Heavenly Armies. “So guard yourselves carefully, and don’t be unfaithful.”
B2 God hates abusers: 1 Corinthians 6:910 WEL Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived, for neither fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, active homosexual partners, 10 Thieves, covetous, drunkards, verbal abusers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
B3 God hates harsh treatment of anyone: Colossians 3:19 NLT Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. [Emphasis is mine]

A husband is to respect his wife. Avoid teachers that teach otherwise.
B1 Adam needed help. God created Adam that way. Genesis 2:18 NLT Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him."
B2 Adam needed God’s help.
B3 Adam needed Eve’s help.
B4 A wife is a good counselor. What human knows us better and wishes the best for us. (I do realize some wives are domestic abusers, too). Even if we disagree with them, we need to listen and understand what they are saying. We are not to consider ourselves too worthy to listen to her.
B5 Consider what Eggerichs apparently believes, How should a wife act if she strongly disagrees with her husband about some issue? 1Timothy 2:12 has some advice. Paul writes, “I do not allow a woman to exercise authority over a man but to remain quiet.” (p.220). (Source. Note, I do not have the book. I have not read the book).
B6 God gives our wives (sisters in Christ) spiritual gifts just like the brothers.
C1 Bible verses on gifts
D3 1 Peter 4:10-11 CSB Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let it be as one who speaks God's words; if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
C2 Proverbs 12:15 LEB The way of a fool is upright in his own eyes, but he who listens to advice is wise.
B7 Decisions are best made in a multitude of counselors. At the beginning, the multitude of counselors are God and Eve.
C1 Proverbs 11:14 NKJV Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
C2 Proverbs 15:22 NKJV 2 Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
B6 Read Proverbs 31:10-31 again and note how the husband needed the wife’s help. He could not do everything. He respected her and gave her credit for what she has done, is doing, and will do.

Isaiah 8:20 WEB Turn to the law and to the testimony! If they don’t speak according to this word, surely there is no morning for them.

Acts 17:11 CSB The people here were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, since they received the word with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

20 January 2020

1 Year Bible—Colossians

Outline

B1 Chapter 1
C1 Salutation Chapter 1:1-2
C2 Thankfulness For the Colossians Chapter 1:3-8
C3 Prayer For the Colossians Chapter 1:9-14
C4 The Greatness of Jesus Christ and His Work Chapter 1:15-23
C5 The Greatness of Jesus Christ and His Gospel Chapter 1:24-29
B2 Chapter 2
C1 Paul’s Concern So They Will Not Be Deceived Chapter 2:1-5
C2 Not To Be Deceived by Philosophy or Arguments Chapter 2:6-15
C3 Not To Be Deceived by Being Subject to The Law Chapter 2:16-23
B3 Chapter 3
C1 Some Sins To Not Do Chapter 3:1-11
C2 Some Rules To Live A Christian Life Regarding Other Believers Chapter 3:12-17
C3 Some Rules To Live A Christian Life Regarding the Family Chapter 3:18-4:1
B4 Chapter 4
C1 Some Rules To Live A Christian Life Regarding Prayer Chapter 4:2-4
C2 Some Rules To Live A Christian Life Regarding Nonbelievers Chapter 4:5-6
C3 Final Greetings and Personal Requests Chapter 4:7-18

Notes

B1 Chapter 1
C1 Salutation Chapter 1:1-2
C2 Thankfulness For the Colossians Chapter 1:3-8
D1 The first thing Paul does is thank God and tells them that he is praying for them.
D2 Are we thankful for our brothers and sisters? Are we praying for them? In 2018, it was reported:
E1 Over 245 million Christians living in places where they experience high levels of persecution
E2 4,305 Christians killed for their faith
E3 1,847 churches and other Christian buildings attacked.
E4 3,150 believers detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned
D3 It is showing love for them and honor to God: 1 Thessalonians 4:9 NRSV Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.
C3 Prayer For the Colossians Chapter 1:9-14
D1 Filled with knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding…
D2 Propose: God expects these things in and from us.
E1 To live a Christian life
E2 To be fruitful
E3 To increase in the knowledge of God
E4 To be stronger in the faith
E5 To be steadfast
E6 To be longsuffering with joy
E7 To give thanks
E8 To be partakers of the inheritance
D3 Reason: God has redeemed and forgiven us. We should want to serve Him.
E1 The Father has rescued us from the power of darkness (satan’s control)
E2 The Father has transferred us into the His Son’s Kingdom
E3 We are redeemed through the Son (Jesus’s) blood
E4 We are forgiven, because Jesus suffered for our sins
C4 The Greatness of Jesus Christ and His Work Chapter 1:15-23
D1 Jesus is God. He is one person, yet He is 100% God of the same essence as God and He is 100% human of the same flesh as humans.
D2 Jesus is the head (authority) of the church.
D3 Jesus is the firstborn from the dead means that He is the first to have a permanent resurrection. The first to have the new glorified body.
D4 Jesus brought reconciliation. At one time were enemies of God, but no longer so because of Jesus.
D5 Jesus desires to present you holy, blameless, and above reproach in His sight.
D6 Our need to remain steadfast in the faith. Christianity’s doctrine does not change.
C5 The Greatness of Jesus Christ and His Gospel Chapter 1:24-29

B2 Chapter 2
C1 Paul’s Concern So They Will Not Be Deceived Chapter 2:1-5
D1 Paul is concerned they will be deceived.
D2 If we know the truth, the true Gospel, and true doctrine as taught in the Scriptures, we will be safe.
D3 False teachers use convincing arguments to deceive us and lead us astray. Beware!
D4 The solution? Know truth and Ephesians 5:6-7 GNB Do not let anyone deceive you with foolish words; it is because of these very things that God's anger will come upon those who do not obey him. 7 So have nothing at all to do with such people.
C2 Not To Be Deceived by Philosophy or Arguments Chapter 2:6-15
D1 One of the most common doctrines for false teachers to corrupt is the doctrine of the deity of Christ and the Gospel.
D2 2 Timothy 2:18 ISV They have abandoned the truth by claiming that the resurrection has already taken place, and so they destroy the faith of others.
D3 2 Timothy 4:3-4 GNB The time will come when people will not listen to sound doctrine, but will follow their own desires and will collect for themselves more and more teachers who will tell them what they are itching to hear. 4 They will turn away from listening to the truth and give their attention to legends.
C3 Not To Be Deceived by Being Subject to The Law Chapter 2:16-23
D1 Human rules and regulations do nothing to end sinful desires.
D2 They are only outward rules and do not affect the heart.

B3 Chapter 3
C1 Some Sins To Not Do Chapter 3:1-11
D1 Our greatest interest in life must be those of God and His kingdom.
E1 The Greek word for set you mind, think, etc. is φρονέω phronéō.
E2 It means the action of active thinking. It is
F1 People’s thinking affects their actions. If our thinking is the worldview of the unsaved, we will live that way. Romans 8:5 NIV Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. [Emphasis is mine and is the Greek word]
F2 Let us be careful that we do not think and act this way: Philippians 3:17-19 NLT Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. 18 For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth.
D2 These are things we MUST NOT do:
E1 Sexual sins
E2 Sexual impurity (For something to be pure, it must meet a standard of purity. God’s standard is THE standard. Sex is good and pure as long as it meets God’s standard. Anything else in thoughts, desires, words, or deeds is not pure).
E3 Evil passion (There is passion that is not evil, but the Greek word here implies it is evil passion).
E4 Evil lust (there is a good lust, which is a desire, longing, wanting the things of God. Evil lust is a desire, longing, wanting of things that God hates).
E5 Covetousness, which is idolatry
E6 Anger (This is not just displeasure. This anger is a strong emotion. Anger is not sinful at times (Mark 3:5). There must an end to anger (Ephesians 4:26)).
E7 Wrath (This is slightly different than anger. This is boiling anger that distorts the face. The link takes you to the verses that use this word, and we can see the different situations it is used).
E8 Malice (This is an attitude causing trouble and to hurt verbally, physically, emotionally, etc.).
E9 Slander (This is to lie, to slur the character of someone, to suggest something about a person that is false, etc.). For example, 1 Samuel 24:9 NLT Then he shouted to Saul, "Why do you listen to the people who say I am trying to harm you?
E10 Foul, abusive speech (1 Peter 3:1 WEB For, “He who would love life, and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit).
E11 Lying (Any type of lying whether words, appearances, actions, etc.) A couple of articles (I can’t vouch for the websites) on the types of lies here ( White lies, Broken promises, Fabrication, Bold-face lie, Exaggeration, Deception, and Plagiarism) and here (Error, Omission, Restructuring, Denial, Minimization, Exaggeration, Fabrication).
C2 Some Rules To Live A Christian Life Regarding Other Believers Chapter 3:12-17
D1 These are things we MUST do.
E1 Compassion (Noticing others needs, listening, etc. We are to be compassionate, because God is compassionate 2 Corinthians 1:3)
E2 Kindness (Kindness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Jesus shows kindness in coming as our Messiah (Titus 3:4))
E3 Humble (This is not thinking we are great, the greatest, that everyone should listen to, etc. Compare Luke 17:10 and Matthew 11:29).
E4 Meekness (The opposite of meekness is arrogance).
E5 Longsuffering (This is patience, endurance, waiting in hope).
E6 Putting up with (This is slightly different than longsuffering. This word has the idea of holding back, self-control, not reacting sinfully).
E7 Forgiving (We are not to seek revenge. We turn that over to God. We are not to remind them of there failures. If a crime is committed, however, we must notify law enforcement and let them take care of it. Not doing so would possibly endanger others).
E8 Love (It is a choice, not necessarily a passion. The actions of love are found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a Love is very patient and kind; love is not envious; love doesn’t brag about itself, is not haughty, 5 Doesn’t behave improperly, is not self-seeking; love isn’t easily aggravated, doesn’t keep a list of wrongs, 6 Doesn’t rejoice in injustice, but rejoices in the truth, 7 Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, calmly endures all things. 8 Love never ends).
E9 Let God’s peace rule in our hearts (Bridgeway Bible Dictionary has this note:
That peace does not mean that they will have a trouble-free life. Rather it means that they now enjoy a state of spiritual wholeness and well-being that gives them strength and calmness even in the midst of suffering and trials (John 14:27; John 16:33; Galatians 5:22; Colossians 3:15; Philippians 4:7).
E10 Be thankful (this is recognition of someone’s help, deed, words, etc. Philemon 1:7 NLT Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God's people).
E11 Christ’s word (This means what Christ taught and what is taught about Him. We are to study and know the meaning increasingly over our lifetime).
E12 Teaching (All of us are teachers. We are a family and need each other).
E13 Admonishing (This is warning each other. I may be doing something foolish or stupid, but you have done that before and know it will harm me, so you warn me).
E14 Everything we do or say must glorify the Lord Jesus
C3 Some Rules To Live A Christian Life Regarding the Family Chapter 3:18-4:1
D1 We are to love each other. Love is a choice and the actions of love are in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a.
D2 We not to be pushy and demanding. We are to listen to each other, help each other, give guidance to each other, etc.
D3 We are not to show favoritism.
E1 Romans 2:11 CSB For there is no favoritism with God.
E2 1 Timothy 5:21 CSB I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels to observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing out of favoritism.

B4 Chapter 4
C1 Some Rules To Live A Christian Life Regarding Prayer Chapter 4:2-4
D1 We are to pray with thanksgiving.
D2 We are not to quit praying.
D3 Prayer is simply talking to God. It is not some formula for success or manipulation of God.
C2 Some Rules To Live A Christian Life Regarding Nonbelievers Chapter 4:5-6
D1 Our lives are to be a daily walk in wisdom. James 3:17 NASB But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
D2 Our daily lives must reflect who we really are. Our lives are to be a witness for God. May God help all of us.
D3 What we say should be truthful and measured. Our words should be done in wisdom, love, and holiness. Again, may God help us.
C3 Final Greetings and Personal Requests Chapter 4:7-18