Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Biblical Importance of Agreement

The Biblical Importance of Agreement

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The Lord Loves Agreement Among His People, Hates Dissention

By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Pastor - InternetChurchOfChrist.org
Director - LoveAllPeople.org

The concept of "agreement" appears repeatedly throughout the Bible, and
here is one example:

"Finally, brethren, farewell. Mend your ways, heed my appeal,
agree with one another,
live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with
you."

2 Corinthians 13:11 (RSV)

If people agree on something, they can work together in harmony. But if
they do not agree, the result is dissention and confusion.
As a matter of practical Christian life, it is good policy for people to
establish clear agreements on all matters of importance among themselves.
In many cases, it is desirable to have written statements of agreement, in
order to avoid misunderstanding and dissention. As they say, "Get it in
writing, avoid misunderstanding."

In order to help people develop agreements among themselves, I have
written several free legal forms which can cover many common situations
where people might need to have written statements of agreement. One of
the forms, the "All-Purpose Agreement Form," is located at
http://www.loveallpeople.org/allpurposeagreementform.html . All of these
forms are located at http://www.loveallpeople.org/freelegalforms.html . I
have placed them in the Public Domain, so that everyone can copy and use
them freely, without restriction.

The list of Biblical references to agreement is shown below . . .


Bible, Revised Standard Version
15 matches.

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OLD TESTAMENT

Gen.23
[16] Abraham agreed with Ephron; and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the
silver which
he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of
silver, according
to the weights current among the merchants.

Gen.34
[22] Only on this condition will the men agree to dwell with us, to become
one people:
that every male among us be circumcised as they are circumcised.
[23] Will not their cattle, their property and all their beasts be ours?
Only let us
agree with them, and they will dwell with us."

Exod.8
[12] So Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh; and Moses cried to the LORD
concerning
the frogs, as he had agreed with Pharaoh.

2Kgs.12
[8] So the priests agreed that they should take no more money from the
people, and that
they should not repair the house.

1Chr.13
[4] All the assembly agreed to do so, for the thing was right in the eyes
of all the
people.

2Chr.30
[23] Then the whole assembly agreed together to keep the feast for another
seven
days; so they kept it for another seven days with gladness.

Job.22
[21] "Agree with God, and be at peace;thereby good will come to you.

Isa.28
[15] Because you have said, "We have made a covenant with death,and with
Sheol we
have an agreement;when the overwhelming scourge passes through it will not
come
to us;for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken
shelter";

[18] Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement
with Sheol
will not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through you will be
beaten down by it.

Dan.2
[9] that if you do not make the dream known to me, there is but one
sentence for
you. You have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the
times change.
Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me its
interpretation."

Dan.6
[6] Then these presidents and satraps came by agreement to the king and
said to
him, "O King Darius, live for ever!
[7] All the presidents of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the
counselors
and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance
and enforce
an interdict, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty
days, except
to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions.
[11] Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and
supplication
before his God.
[15] Then these men came by agreement to the king, and said to the king,
"Know, O king,
that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no interdict or ordinance
which the
king establishes can be changed."

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NEW TESTAMENT

Bible, Revised Standard Version
18 matches.

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Matt.18
[19] Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they
ask,
it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

Matt.20
[2] After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them
into his
vineyard.
[13] But he replied to one of them, `Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did
you not
agree with me for a denarius?

Mark.14
[56] For many bore false witness against him, and their witness did not
agree.
[59] Yet not even so did their testimony agree.

Luke.22
[6] So he agreed, and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the
absence
of the multitude.

John.9
[22] His parents said this because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had
already
agreed that if any one should confess him to be Christ, he was to be put
out of
the synagogue.

Acts.5
[9] But Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to
tempt the
Spirit of the Lord? Hark, the feet of those that have buried your husband
are at
the door, and they will carry you out."

Acts.15
[15] And with this the words of the prophets agree, as it is written,

Acts.23
[20] And he said, "The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to
the council
tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more closely
about him.

Rom.7
[16] Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good.

1Cor.1
[10] I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that
all of you
agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united
in the same
mind and the same judgment.

1Cor.7
[5] Do not refuse one another except perhaps by agreement for a season,
that you may devote
yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, lest Satan tempt you
through lack
of self-control.

2Cor.6
[16] What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the
temple of the living
God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be
their God,
and they shall be my people.

2Cor.13
[11] Finally, brethren, farewell. Mend your ways, heed my appeal, agree
with one another,
live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Phil.4
[2] I entreat Eu-o'dia and I entreat Syn'tyche to agree in the Lord.

1Tim.6
[3] If any one teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words
of our Lord
Jesus Christ and the teaching which accords with godliness,

1John.5
[8] There are three witnesses, the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and
these three agree.


Source: http://www.hti.umich.edu/r/rsv/


Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rev. Bill McGinnis

Pastor - http://InternetChurchOfChrist.org
Director - http://LoveAllPeople.org

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