Learning in the “so that’s”

Watering:

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. (Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.) For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”  Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order (so that) to bring praise to God.

4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15)

Watching:

Bear with the weak in their failings

Build others up

Accept one another

Be like Christ – who wasn’t thinking about Himself…

Everything was written: the stories of endurance in this kind of love, the encouragement nestled in it, the example of Jesus and the attitude in action that he had toward others… all of it was written so that:

so that we might have hope.

so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

so that we might overflow with hope

— so that we may continue to:

Bear with the weak in their failings

Build others up

Be like Christ – who wasn’t thinking about Himself…

So that we might…

Wondering:

I’m a teacher. I am always at life as one big lesson plan… the “I do We do. You do.”

Every lesson plan is driven by the “big idea” – the “so that” goal that molds the lesson and sets it in motion. Then comes the working out of it, the modeling of it, the passing off for independent practice and the final regrouping to review, “now what the heck did we learn anyway?”

Here Paul writes the lesson plan out like a teacher’s dream:

Lesson Objective (big idea):

Jesus’ example + (Endurance  + encouragement) = Hope given. Hope given so that it might reflect His love and overflow to the world and people He loves.

Materials needed: endurance and encouragement – (*Note, God supplies both)

1.   Read stories: written examples of this kind of love lived out.

2.  Follow Jesus’ lead: Bear with those who are weak. Pump each other up. Accept all.

3.  Be infused with endurance and encouragement (God supplies both).

4.  Receive the resultant hope.

5.  Become God’s reflection of His love  – Jesus in us, the hope of glory…

* Point to remember:

“Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5 Amplified)

Waiting:

Jesus, this life is not about me. It’s about you and those you love… um, yeah, that would be everyone, Lord: the drive that cuts me off, the parent that yells obscenities at their kids, the homeless vagrant asking for a handout… Fill my heart with love for others, all others… so that they might see your eyes, your hands, your heart…all thing you, loving them and reflecting through all things me.

Watering today: Ps 3, 103, Prov 3; Isaiah 6-7; 2 Chronicles 26-27; Romans 15

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