Live an Abundant Life: Live in Harmony 1

Live an Abundant Life: Live in Harmony 1

28/02/2018
Rev. Pau Kiew Chung
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Introduction:

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)

 

(A) To be filled with the Holy Spirit

  • … be filled with the Spirit. (v.18)
  • filled = controlled by

 

(B) The harmony in personal and church life

1. A Joyful life

  • Galatians 5:22
  • 10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord … 11 … for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:10-13)
  • if a believer let God controls his life, he will experience a deep joy he is not afraid to manifest the glory of God. – Wiersbe
  • Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord. (v. 19)

2. A Grateful life

  • Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (20)
  • 16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

 

(C) The Harmony in Family life

  • Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (v.21)
  • in Paul’s idea, submission has nothing to do with the order of authority, but rather governs the operation of authority, how it is given and how it is received. — Hendon
  • Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.(Romans 12:10)
  • When home is ruled according to God’s Word, angels might be asked to stay with us. — Spurgeon

 

1. Wives, submit yourselves (vv. 22-24)

  • the Lordship of Christ (v. 22)
  • the headship of the man in Christ (v. 23)

2. Husbands, love your wives. (vv. 25-31)

  • Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. (v.25)
  • It is not good for the man to be alone. (Gen. 2:18);
  • to be fruitful and increase in number, and govern the land (Genesis 1:28);
  • to help man and woman to fulfil the normal desires given to them by God (1 Corinthians 7:1-3).
  • to experience with each other the submission and the love of Christ. (Eph 5:22-33)
  • not self seeking (1 Corinthians 13:5)
  • if a husband is submitted to Christ and filled with the Spirit, his sacrificial love will willingly pay a price for his wife that she might be able to serve Christ in the family and glorify Him. — Hendon
  • Husband’s love is also a sanctifying love. (vv. 26-27)
  • in the marriage ceremony, the husband is set apart to belong to the wife and the wife is set apart to belong to the husband. Any interference with this God-given arrangement is sin. — Stott
  • Christ is cleansing His Church through the ministry of His Word. (John 15:3; 17:17)

 

Conclusion:

  • 32 This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. (vv.32-33)
  • A glorious church.

 

Memorizing verse:

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:21)

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