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HOW TO BECOME A FRIEND OF THE NAZARENE?

#387. We have considered in brief the seven Nazarene Principles. What is one to do or become now? The Nazarene taught, ‘My true friends are those who keep my commandments… Those who really love me will observe my commandments.’ (John 14:15; 15:12-14) A study of the Gospel of Matthew will reveal about 60 of these “commandments” both in their positive and negative forms. Now, you are encouraged to let the One Teacher and One Leader guide you in The Way382 of the Nazarene. (Matthew 23:8, 10) By closely studying and following these commandments you will show your love and friendship for the Nazarene. All of Christ’s commandments can be reduced to two: ‘This is His commandment: believe in the name of the Son Jesus Christ; and, be loving one another.’ (1 John 3:23) Faith and love. If one always struggles to be strong in these, one may be assured of friendship with the Nazarene and thus have God’s approval.
382 THE WAY. Compare Acts 9:2; 19:9, 23. The first designation for Christians.

#388. Find others who share these beliefs and draw encouragement from their company. Your faith will make you speak about these Nazarene Principles. You have started and you will continue to grow in faith and love. The way ahead will become clearer and clearer as you step exactly in the footsteps of the Nazarene. For more information on how to form a Bible discussion group or even a House Church see the publication Nazarene Community© in Nazarene Commentary© CD-ROM.

#389. You are encouraged to help your relatives and friends to know the Way of the seven Nazarene Principles and the wondrous life it promises. If what you have read has the ring of truth to it and satisfies that spiritual side of the Real You, then you may wish to share the Nazarene Principles with those close to you. Find three persons who you feel would benefit from the Nazarene Principles and give copies to them and encourage them in turn to do the same and give them freely to three others.

#390. Additionally, the Internet online form of this publication could be sent as an attachment to those you know might benefit from the Bible study material. The object of this is love. The love taught by the Nazarene.

#391. Nothing is asked of you. You have received the Nazarene Principles for a small donation so that others may also receive it. The authors are anonymous, as were half a dozen writers of inspired epistles and Gospels. No contributions are being solicited. If you wish to give, do as Jesus said, give in secret and to those within your own environment. (Matthew 6:1-4)

#392. Nothing written in the Nazarene Principles is inspired or infallible save those words of the Nazarene himself, those of his personal disciples, as well as the rest of the Bible. The truth of what is contained within is for you to judge. If you judge it to be truth in part, then accept and follow that truth. If you can improve on this truth, then do so with God’s blessing. Let the qualities of faith and love reside in you richly so that all can see an image of the Nazarene in you: ‘But all of us who are Christians have no veils on our faces, but reflect like mirrors the glory of the Lord. We are transformed in ever-increasing splendor into his own image, and the transformation comes from the spirit of the Lord.’ (2 Corinthians 3:18)

#393. Our prayer for you is an ancient one:

The Lord bless you and protect you.
The Lord deal kindly and graciously with you.
The Lord bestow his favor upon you
and grant you peace.
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ the Nazarene.
Amen.

Nazarene Commentary 2000

Mark Heber Miller

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