Love Hopes all Things

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Note: Hope for restoration in our relationship centered on godly values means we need to be in the Word and to interact as much as possible with those who follow Christ.

“I keep my eyes always on the LORD.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,”
Psalm 16:8-9

Barnes: “The word used here means “trust, confidence, security.” It is the opposite of despair. As used here, it would refer to a state of mind in which there was an expectation of living again, as distinguished from that state of mind in which it was felt that the grave was the end of man.”

“You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in Your word.”

Psalm 119:114

Pulpit: “The promises contained in thy Word are my only sure hope.”

Our Hope:“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy,” Psalms 33:18

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Love Believes all Things

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Note: Our greatest belief, as a follower of Christ, is in the Word of God. An out-pouring of that should be an attitude which is not judgmental as we interact with those around us. Not that we are to believe everyone at face value, but to line up our thoughts with Christ.

“The simple believes every word,
But the prudent considers well his steps.”

Proverbs 14:15

• Ellicott: And so, having no fixed principles by which to go, often takes a wrong step; while the prudent man considers well (Proverbs 14:8) whither each step will lead, and therefore does not go astray.

“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,
all things are possible to him who believes.”
Immediately the father of the child cried out
and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

Mark 9:23-24

• Barnes: Jesus here demanded “faith” or confidence in his power of healing. His design here is to show the man that the difficulty in the case was not in the want of “power” on his part, but in the want of “faith” in the man; in other words, to rebuke him for having “doubted” at all whether he “could” heal him.

• Our Hope

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has
determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should
seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from
each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets
have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

Acts 17:26-28

Love isn’t Evil…

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Note: Too often we need to check our motives in doing things. Are we doing them for good or for evil purposes? God’s ways are only good. Satan’s ways are always for evil. Who do you want to follow?

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Isaiah 5:20 (Isaiah’s song to God)

Henry: “Here is a woe to those who set their hearts on the wealth of the world.”

“For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You.” Psalm 5:4

Gills: (4) “Sin, ungodliness; it is contrary to his nature, who is holy, just, and good; and to his will revealed in his law, which is the same with his nature; and sin is a transgression of it.”

Our Hope…
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Love does not Provoke

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Note: Why is it the closer we are to some people we have a tendency to provoke them? We are to edify each other and know our position in Christ so we are secure in who we are becoming in Him.

 “How often they provoked Him in the wilderness, And grieved Him in the desert! Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power: The day when He redeemed them from the enemy,” Psalm 78:40-42

 Barnes: (40) “The meaning here is that the conduct of the Hebrews was such as was suited to cause pain – as the conduct of a disobedient and rebellious child is.”

 “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?” I Corinthians 10:21-22

 Poole: (22) “It is most applied to God to express his anger against those who give Divine homage to idols; the worship of God being a great piece of his glory which he hath said he will not give to another, nor his praise to graven images, Isaiah 42:8.”

Our Hope… follow Him

“So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed  Him.”                                                                                                                           Luke 5:11

Love doesn’t Seek its Own

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Note: We should earnestly be concerned for others instead of ourselves.

 “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment.” Proverbs 18:1

 Barnes:He who separateth himself from others seeks his own desire, and rushes forward against all wise counsel: a warning against self-will and the self-assertion which exults in differing from the received customs and opinions of mankind.”

 

 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”  Luke 11:9-10

 Poole: “But if we ask any thing which is good and wholesome for us, and profitable unto us, in the circumstances in which we are, we may be sure that God will give them to us…”

Our Hope…

“…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,  and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power…” Ephesians 1: 17-19

 

 

Love is not Rude

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 Note: Rude was a difficult term to find in the Bible. Unseemly was in the King James’s text. It can be used in several ways, but more than likely in this case having to do with coarse conversation or jesting between loved ones. (unseemly, provoked, filthy)

 “If God puts no trust in His saints, And the heavens are not pure in His sight,  How much less man, who is abominable and filthy, Who drinks iniquity like water!” Job 15:15-16 (NKJV)

 Gills (filthy): “In his natural, corrupt, and unregenerate estate; man, as a creature, was not abominable, but becoming sinful he is; he is so in himself, cast out to the loathing of his person, being full of wounds, bruises, and putrefying sores, yea, like a dead corrupted carcass, for he is dead in trespasses and sins,”

“But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.”(to the believer) Isaiah 64:6 (NKJV)

 Gills (filthy): ‘but of the righteousness’s of the church herself; not of the righteousness of Christ, which was made hers by imputation; for this is not rags, but a robe, the best robe, and wedding garment;”

Our Hope:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  2 Corinthians  5:12

Puffed Up (pride)

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Note: Puffed up isn’t a term we use often, but pride is and is deadly in relationships. Love is not puffed up.

“Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other. For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?”  I Corinthians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

 Ellicott: (7) “Even if one possesses some gift or power, he has not attained it by his own excellence or power; it is the free gift of God.”

(regarding false teachers)

So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.” Colossians 2:16-19

 Poole: (18) “We must not, under any pretext of humility, presume to know what belongs to our duty and God’s service better than Christ doth, showing us that he alone is the true and living way, and we may come boldly by him,”