Class Notes: 10/17/2010
Reciprocal Love is tested in System Testing
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.
Last time we saw that Reciprocal Love for God is tested in System Testing where the believer is to put the matter in the Lord's hands and proceed to do their job as unto the Lord trusting in the doctrine that the Lord will promote the person who perseveres and does a good job under system testing. 1Pet 5:6;
While arrogant leadership is unfair, the grace of God expressed in reciprocal love sees corporate testing as the opportunity to glorify God.
By combining the function of the faith-rest drill plus the right application of metabolized doctrine with reciprocal love for God motivation the believer does not complain, but puts the matter in the hands of the Supreme Court of Heaven.
If you quit an organization under the testing of unfair treatment, you have not only failed the test, but you have failed to advance to the high ground on that occasion.
Just because you fail a test does not mean that it is all over. You will have another chance under other circumstances. Prov 24:10; "If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength?" Net note 17
The believer who preservers under testing and is motivated by reciprocity to do a good job will be vindicated and promoted by the Lord.
Col 3:17- Col 4:1; "Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
v18 Wives, submit to the authority of your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
v19 Husbands, love your wives and stop being bitter against them.
v20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
v21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, so that they will not become discouraged.
v22 Labor obey management in everything, not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but with virtue of the stream of consciousness, respecting the Lord.
v23 Whatever you do, keep functioning from your own soul, as to the Lord and not to mankind,
v24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of your inheritance. You serve the Lord Christ. For anyone who does wrongdoing will receive the consequences of that wrongdoing, and there is no partiality.
v4:1 Management, provide for your employees what is right and fair, because you know that you too have a Manager in heaven."
Reciprocity has the power to accept authority in a system without becoming arrogant and functioning in the arrogance skills of self absorption, self deception and self justification.
Reciprocal love has the power to handle unjust and unfair treatment or any authority problem that may exist. Reciprocal love has the power to put the case before the supreme court of heaven and leave it there.
Reciprocal love carries out the policy of management without becoming bitter or discouraged or conspiratorial.
Reciprocal love fulfills the objective of the organization no matter how incompetent, inefficient, or unreasonable others in the organization may be.
System testing is a major source of peer pressure.
Reciprocal love has the power to put the problem in the Lord's hands and carry on without bitterness, implacability, self-pity, hatred, revenge motivation and function.
What God does not remove, He intends for us to bear.
The husband must take the responsibility of becoming a leader in marriage. You do not become a leader by doing something to punish your wife. Bitterness is your failure to take responsibility for your decision to marry someone.
You serve the Lord by recognizing and orientating to legitimate authority.
Some principles regarding reciprocal love include the following:
Reciprocal love has the power to accept authority in a system without becoming involved in the sins of arrogance and emotion.
Reciprocal love executes the policy of management without bitterness or discouragement.
Reciprocal love fulfills the objectives of the organization no matter how incompetent, inefficient, or unreasonable others in the corporation may be.
While system testing is a major source of peer pressure, reciprocal love motivation has the power to carry on without sinful reaction
Reciprocal love has the power to put the problem in the Lord's hands under the doctrinal principle of a personal sense of destiny.
1John 5:3; "And this is love for God that we keep His mandates, and His commandments are not difficult to fulfill."
1 John 2:5; "Whoever guards His word, truly in him the love for God has been brought to completion."
1Cor 10:13; "No testing has overtaken you but such as is common to mankind; in fact God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tested beyond what you are able (to bear), but with the testing will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."
The result of passing system testing is happiness, James 1:12; "Happy (is) the individual believer who perseveres under testing; for having been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him."
To avoid becoming a source of system testing to others, the believer must understand the difference between management and leadership in the exercise of authority.
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.
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