Grace and Truth
Reciprocal Love supercharges Faith Rest
In our study we have seen that the basis for all true love is God's love. This makes our love a response to his love. This response is called reciprocal love.
Reciprocal love expresses the mutual love relationship between God and the Church Age believer under the ministry of God the Holy Spirit whereby the believer responds to the perfect love of God with Bible Doctrine.
When we ran out of time last time we were looking at how reciprocal love is tested in systems testing and that for the believer to avoid becoming a source of system testing to others, the believer must understand the difference between the exercise of authority as a manager as compared with the exercise of authority as a leader.
Leadership motivates; management regulates. Leadership establishes authority through virtue, integrity, and honor; management uses enforcement of petty, bureaucratic regulations as a system of bullying and unjust treatment.
Leadership delegates authority; management hordes authority through bullying and unfair treatment of subordinates. Leadership encourages efficiency and good ideas; management resents good ideas and is jealous of efficiency.
Leadership produces esprit-de-corps; management creates frustration, dissatisfaction, dishonesty, laziness, and conspiracy. Leadership creates integrity; management creates inordinate ambition and destroys job integrity.
The leader type pastor teaches doctrine faithfully and does not interfere with the privacy of the believer's priesthood. He expresses his love through the accurate teaching of doctrine. The manager type pastor develops a system of program dependence whereby he seeks to regulate the life of the congregation.
The leader-pastor delegates authority to the members of the congregation, while the manager-pastor retains all the authority and bullies the congregation.
Leadership establishes authority through the teaching of Bible doctrine; management establishes influence through programs, share groups, and counseling.
Leadership produces response; management produces reaction. To fulfill the objective, leadership teaches, while management bullies and attempts to motivate through manipulation. Leadership gets attention; management wants attention.
Leadership improves government, military, law enforcement, business, athletics, academics, etc. Management undermines the morale and esprit-de-corps of the same.
Leadership encourages; management discourages.
Leadership brings integrity into an organization; management brings pettiness into an organization.
Spiritual autonomy flourishes under leadership, but is tested under management.
Leadership provides inspiration; management provides testing.
We will now see that Reciprocal Love is our motivation for serving God in any circumstance of life.
When we are motivated by personal love for God and impersonal love for all mankind, then we begin to share the happiness of God and do not need supervision. Sharing the happiness of God as a part of Christian service helps us to be careful to not be critical of others.
There is no fear in reciprocal love for God. 1John 4:18; "There is no fear in reciprocal-love; but mature love casts out fear, because fear keeps on having punishment, and the one who fears has not been brought to completion by reciprocal-love."
The background for this passage is found in 1John 4:16; "And so we have come to know and we have believed the virtue-love that God has for us. God is love and the one who remains in that love remains in association with God and God remains in association with him."
"God remains in association with him" has to do with eternity past, when God knew all about us through omniscience.
When it says that "God is virtue-love," it means that we cannot diminish the love of God by our failures and we cannot increase it by our success.
God's love for us motivates our reciprocation. Reciprocal love is the recognition that this love is a higher and greater love than has ever existed before in the history of mankind.
There is no fear in virtue-love because virtue-love is associated with divine love as the point of reference for the spiritual life.
There is no fear in virtue-love because virtue-love is associated with the definition of the unique spiritual life of the Church Age that is harmonious rapport with God.
There is no fear in virtue-love because virtue-love is associated with the advanced stage of the spiritual life as occupation with Christ.
God's love as the point of reference for the spiritual life of the believer is associated with the Greek word "pleroma" that refers to the highest function of the spiritual life that results in the maximum glorification of God.
Paul describes this principle in Eph 3:19; "and come to know the love for Christ resulting in all the fullness of blessing from God."
Love produces the harmonious rapport with God that cancels all fear.
Reciprocal love for God is the motivator for the spiritual life. There is no motivation as strong as motivation in your own soul. When we come to know the love of Christ, then from it comes the fullness of blessing from God.
Things that wipe out virtue-love and cause fear include: guilt, bitterness, and emotional sins. Emotional sins are distractions from the spiritual life to and the recall of the doctrine of the integrity of God.
Left unchecked, fear wipes out one's ability to recall the doctrines related to salvation, and the spiritual life. Fear hinders the believer in the execution of the spiritual life of the Church Age.
Fear is the result of unbelief and the control of the soul by the OSN; Courage is the result of belief and the control of the soul by God the Holy Spirit.
What the righteousness of God condemns, the justice of God judges, but always through the love of God as expressed in the grace of God.
What the righteousness of God commends, the justice of God blesses through the love of God as expressed in the grace of God.
We see from this that fear and the function of the spiritual life are mutually exclusive. We are either in fear or in the spiritual life. When we are under the control of the Spirit, then there is no fear and we have virtue-love. When we are under the control of the OSN then we are in a state of fear.
2Tim 1:7; "For God has not given us a lifestyle of fear, but of power and of virtue-love and of sound judgment."
Psa 56:2-3; "My enemies have trampled upon me all day long; for many fight against me with arrogance. When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You."
The alternative to fear is the function of the four stages of the faith-rest drill. Fear sees the problem, but faith sees the solution. Rom 4:18-21; describes Abraham's use of the faith rest drill.
Virtue-love is compatible with divine integrity because it reflects divine love as a part of the integrity of God. Divine love is always compatible with divine righteousness in the function of the integrity of God.
The more we increase the power of fear in our life, the greater our failure to execute the unique spiritual life. The more things you surrender to fear, the more things you fear. The extent to which you surrender to fear, the greater your capacity for fear.
The greater your capacity for fear, the more you increase the power of fear in your life. The more you increase the power of fear in your life, the greater your failure to execute the unique spiritual life of all human history.
Fear as an emotional sin is both irrational and irresponsible. Fear results in garbage in the subconscious and distraction from the spiritual life as the highest priority. When the believer has fear they are functioning in the emotional complex of sins and using the arrogance complex of sins.
With the attack of the emotional revolt of the soul fear replaces Bible doctrine in the soul, left unchecked this leads to, locked-in negative volition, blackout of the soul, and scar tissue of the soul. The believer panics and loses the battle of stress in the soul.
No believer can advance to spiritual maturity through fear or the deployment of the arrogance skills of self-justification, self-deception, and self-absorption.
Fear creates stress in the soul. Adversity is the outside pressure of life. Adversity is constantly attacking the soul from the outside. Stress is the inside pressure of the soul.
Adversity is what circumstances do to you; stress is what you do to yourself. This means that while adversity is inevitable, stress is optional. We do not have to let the circumstances of life get into the soul as stress.
Stress in the soul contradicts the unique spiritual life of the Church Age and produces fear, panic, and hysteria.
© Copyright 2007, Michael Lemmon Bible Ministries. World Rights Reserved.
This document was created on 10/20/2010
© Copyright 2007, Michael Lemmon Bible Ministries. World Rights Reserved. This document was created on 10/20/2010