A Bible perspective on teaching ourselves and others
The example from Moses in Deuteronomy 6:4-9
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Lesson one: We ought to center God in our thoughts, heart, strength, and soul. The quality of our soul is based on how well we engage God's character.
We ought to think about loving God and having this thought in our minds regularly, measuring every action we do carefully, as we choose them to ensure we are improving and growing in God’s character. Money is our resource to be used to increase God's character. The income we seek ought to be used for building peace and love. We ought to avoid debt and dependency upon money. If we get fired, we seek out another job without fear or worry. If our finances are low, we make cuts and keep striving with endurance and perseverance to build with increasing measure the fruit of the spirit. We ought to avoid sacrificing our spiritual integrity for gain of money or pride. We ought to avoid dishonesty or exploiting anyone for money. We ought to avoid use of false flattery to win approval. We ought to live by truth, sincerity, humility, and service. We ought to avoid preference, favoritism, and contempt prior to investigation. We ought to test and use objective examination. We ought to always favor God’s character and neither feel ashamed nor fear it.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Our thought life influences us into choices and feelings. We have the ability to choose thoughts and counter thoughts. We choose what to listen to, where to go, what to read, who to be with, and what character to follow. God gave us choice. God desires us to choose wisely from the heart truthfully and sincerely for our benefit in serving God. We ought to evaluate all that influences our choices for increased wisdom and discernment.
Lesson Two: The condition of our hearts and minds largely reflects our choices in thoughts and actions. We ought to purify our hearts and cleanse our consciences from misdeeds, lies, and selfish ambition. A hardened resistant selfish heart can block us from God.
Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
1 Timothy 4:2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
Acts 24:16 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
Romans 9:1 [ Paul’s Anguish Over Israel ] I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit—
1 Timothy 1:5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
Hebrews 13:18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.
(recommend reading 1 Peter 3:8-22)
We ought to serve God and live in truth, sincerity, peace, mercy, gentleness, respect, integrity, and self-discipline. When we are in error we seek correction, mercy, and forgiveness in gentleness, truth, and love. We seek to do right every day all the time. Our goal is to grow, increase, improve, practice, and learn. We apply every effort and we get organized to make it possible. We are not afraid of mistakes or setbacks. We confess them and repent because we know the peace, love, joy, and freedom with God from doing it.
Lesson three: We regularly discuss our spiritual experiences with our spiritual community, teaching each other through our different insights for mutual growth and understanding. Teaching others helps us understand at a deeper level the Holy Spirit within us. It is one thing to have an understanding about the spirit and it is another to be able to explain how to sense it. Searching for words to explain our spiritual connection teaches us to learn more detail about it. To describe something we need to understand details about it. To understand the details requires a deeper level of thought, examination, and evaluation. This process can further our understanding, deepen our connection with God and make us better teachers.
Mark 12:14 When they had come, they said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and care about no one; for You do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth.
Luke 12:12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
Luke 19:47 And He was teaching daily in the temple.
Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
Romans 2:21 You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal?
1 Corinthians 2:13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1 Corinthians 14:26 [ Order in Church Meetings ] How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
Titus 2:12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,
Lesson four: We use reminders to prompt us and help us remember the spiritual significance of our journey. Many of us will lose connection with the spirit. As our minds take us into selfish thought we will subsequently lose our spiritual focus. We will fall away. As this occurs we can seek direction using our tools to improve our spiritual condition and connection.
We will need prompting to redirect our motivation, attitude, thinking, and choices. We forget. Out of sight, out of mind. There are many reasons we lose focus that are part of us being imperfect. Blaming and faultfinding can become distracting so we ought to instead place more energy, effort, and attention toward the solution... Godly character. Making a commitment towards a group each week is an excellent way to stay connected. Daily reading and prayer can assist us in focusing ourselves toward God’s character. Meeting up with others for conversations around growth and experience can prompt our hearts to reconnect spiritually. We ought to guard ourselves carefully from fear, resentment, pride, selfishness, and idolatry.
Lesson five: We are examples of spiritual action teaching each other with our hearts, words, and choices.
We learn more by observation then by lecture. The group experience is a powerful way to observe each other participating in God’s character and its influences. Witnessing someone's sincerity in truth through confession and repentance can be more powerful than many sermons. Being face to face with another person experiencing mercy and compassion can be more beneficial than some of the best inspirational videos. The group experience is made for spiritual connection, interaction, conviction, truth, and deeper experiences. Our experience honestly and sincerely shared together in real time is exactly what God desires for us. This can be God's grace alive and active in our presence.
John 13:15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
1 Corinthians 11:1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
Ephesians 5:1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children
Philippians 3:17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.
2 Thessalonians 3:7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you,
1 Timothy 1:16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
Titus 2:7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness
Hebrews 4:11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
James 5:10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
1 Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
Jude 1:7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
We can't choose our feelings, but we can choose to direct our thoughts and actions which largely affect how we will feel. Aligning our choices with God takes learning, planning, and corrective action.