1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.”
The Scene: Crossed double-edged swords representing God’s Word, showing His love and forgiveness for us and all sinners, looking like an “X” cancelling out offenses. God gives us His love–agape love, divine love, unconditional love, and forgiveness without merit.
Swords are offensive weapons–these spiritual swords are used to stop the spirit of offense from controlling us in an evil way–sin–which can cause bitterness, resentment, hard feelings among the body of Christ.
Colossians 3:13 ” Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Romans 15:1-2 ” We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”
The mature Christian is to set the example for and teach the youngest, new Christians, just as Jesus Christ our Lord set the example for all of us to follow.
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