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Bible Topics: Independence

Definition: Freedom from outside control or support; being self-governing. In the negative sense, it is unwillingness to be under obligation to the Lord or others, epitomized by the phrase "do your own thing."

1. As we mature and become more responsible, the Lord entrusts us with a measure of independence.

2. Even when trusted with independence, we are to operate in cooperation and unity with the body of believers.

3. Jesus taught His disciples to work together, not independently.

4. Unity and cooperation were cornerstones of the Early Church.

5. Independence is an ungodly trait.

6. Independence undermines unity, which is our strength.

7. Independence leads to other problems and a departure from God's will.

8. Those who try to operate independently lose the benefit of others' counsel.

9. And independent attitude nearly always indicates a lack of submissiveness, due to pride.

10. Those who can't work with others can seldom work with God either.

11. As the Lord's disciples, we are called to be servants -- and servants are not independent.

12. Unity in the Spirit, mind and heart should be supreme -- then unity in body will naturally follow.

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