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Paul disciplined himself to treasure the gospel that he would share in it. The exodus fathers provided examples of turning from God.
1 Corinthians 9:23-27
We now look to Him who has made us whole, and become more like Him. We are invited into the wholeness of which David speaks.
Psalms 15:1-5
Love is shown through diligence in managing your own affairs.
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Do not be distressed. You will be with Jesus. You know him, and so you know the way to the Father, and you know the Father.
John 14:1-7
David's hope is based on God's commitment to His own name.
Psalms 25:1-22
The Father and the Son ... at work to bring healing, life, and fellowship.
John 5:1-47
Let us go on to maturity, knowing that God's purposes, for his children's good, are secured in Jesus.
Hebrews 5:11-6:3
We have the opportunity to provide our brothers and sisters with a service of eternal value. We do so by reflecting the heart of God.
James 5:19-20
Beware of placing your confidence in wealth. Beware of abusing others in pursuing wealth. If you're in this boat, weep.
James 5:1-6
God alone is the lawgiver and assessor, and he alone can save and destroy. I am in no position to cast a verdict on my brother, so don't.
James 4:11-12
In the midst of my waywardness, God's grace abounds. It is a grace that calls for active, sincere submission, and single-minded devotion.
James 4:1-10
The prayer of the downcast: for God's light and truth to lead him back into communion with God. Meanwhile, he has resolved to hope in God.
Psalms 42-43
The gospel is worth our focus. Exalt in the excellent; avoid the worthless. Be fair and decisive with those who stir for division.
Titus 3:9-11
Through God's mercy in Christ, Christians are heirs of eternal life, and in need of reminding about how this should affect their behaviour.
Titus 3:1-8
Let our tongues yield the fruit of God's mighty redeeming work. It makes no sense for corrupt words to flow out of a renewed heart.
James 3:5-12
Spiritual maturity means appreciating and chosing what is truly good.
Hebrews 5:11-14
Hold Christ the King as first place in your heart. Hold him as your hope, and when people want to know more, be ready to gently explain.
1 Peter 3:13-16
What does a well-ordered life look like? It is devoted to the Lord, undistracted ... and knows time is short.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
How can we be free from anxieties? Be anxious about one thing - how to please the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
The time remaining is short so live as though undistracted, including in relation to marriage.
1 Corinthians 7:26-31
Look at Jesus. In Him, we are brothers and sisters with God's people of old.
Hebrews 3:1-6
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LAB 145 Only Love can Cover Sin
1 Peter 4:8
Shared January 8th, 2017
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Main point summary
1. We’ve heard it said, “Love covers a multitude of sins,” but what does it mean? I think it means that Love dissolves the damage that might otherwise have been caused by the sin. 2. Does the great presentation of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4–13 have any allusion of this idea of covering sins? What does Colossians 3:12–13 and James 5:19–20 contribute to our understanding? 1 Cor 13:6 says that love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but love does rejoice in the truth. I think this means an offended person can recognise wrongdoing - and thus sin is acknowledged as sin - but then rejoice in the truth, that is, that for the believer, Jesus has born that sin in his body on the tree. So my delight in the truth - the wonderful truth of who God is and what he has done through Jesus - covers over the sin. It does not minimise the sin, but it rejoices in a greater reality. Is this what Joseph did, with his brothers (Exodus 50:20)? Col 3:12-13 shows that there are occasions for just bearing with one another in love, and there are occasions where specific sin needs to be discussed and agreed and forgiven. James 5:19-20 contributes by showing that if the offender repents and comes back to God their sin is covered. 3. Which sins are the hardest for you to overlook in the name of love? Whose sin is most challenging for you to endure and forgive? The sins I find hardest to overlook in the name of love are where someone is influencing another person towards making poor choices. Those who are closest to me. '... earnestly ...'. Pastor John notes the importance of the word 'earnestly', that we need to be real about our love. I think it means that we need to really / sincerely let the gospel shape our love, and not fall into automatic drive where we are fake lovers of people ('nice loving Christians'), who actually bear grudges and are easily ticked off.
Main point summary
Keep loving one another fervently, because love - look at what God has done for man - smooths over all sorts of bumps.
1 Peter 4:7-8
n The end of all things is at hand;
therefore o be self-controlled and sober-minded
p for the sake of your prayers.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly,
since q love covers a multitude of sins.
Jeannie Koh
Thank you for your sharing!  I appreciate the cyber fellowship :D
Rob Elphick
Dear Jeannie, likewise! I also really appreciate the fellowship. Thanks for all your posts and also your feedback comments. Hope to be able to join you and Trevor more regularly on these LATB passages.
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