Love Bears all Things (Forbearing)

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We put up with the antics of those we live and deal with on a regular basis, but do we really allow ourselves to do this with a godly attitude. Christ bore our sins selflessly. Are we not to have a similar attitude as we deal with people?

“For a good tree does not bear bad fruit,
nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.”

Luke 6:43

• Benson: “The meaning of this whole passage is, as a tree is known to be either good or bad by its fruit, so a man is known to be either good or bad by his words;”

“And as it is appointed for men to die once,
but after this the judgment, so Christ was
offered once to bear the sins of many.
To those who eagerly wait for Him He
will appear a second time, apart from sin,
for salvation.”

Hebrews 9:27-28

• Henry: “It is evident that the sacrifices of Christ are infinitely better than those of the law, which could neither procure pardon for sin, nor impart power against it.”

Our Hope…

“Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Philippians 2: 1-4

Love Rejoices in the Truth

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Note: Truth comes from God. It’s a choice one makes. To ask God to guide your life as you walk in truth is perhaps one of the wisest prayers we can petition.

“LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;”

Psalm 15:1-2

Pulpit: “Such a walk involves the doing of righteousness, not, of course, in absolute perfection, but with a sincere intention, and so as to have “the answer of a good conscience towards God.”

“Show me Your ways, O LORD;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.”


Psalm 25:4-5

Barnes:(5) “What God sees and regards as truth is true, because He sees things as they are; and when we have the divine estimate of anything, we understand what the thing is.”

Our Hope…
“Hear my prayer, O Lord, Give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, And in Your righteousness.” Psalm 143:1

Love does not Rejoice in Iniquity

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Note: In this verse the word iniquity is used with rejoice. This is the attitude of being happy when evil things happen to others. Too often we not only rejoice in the down falls in evil people, but in the people we care about. Perhaps, forgiveness is needed so we don’t react in such a harsh way.

“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:5

Barnes: “This language simply traces his sin back to the time when he began to exist.”

“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” James 3:6

Gills: “…but as fire should be carefully watched, and kept, so should men take heed to their ways, that they sin not with their tongue, and keep their tongue from evil, and their lips from speaking guile;”

Our Hope…

“For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” 2 Peter1:8-10

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

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,”

Love does not Parade

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Note: This form of display (parading, revealing) can be honoring or dishonoring. Are we revealing God’s power or our own? What is the theme of your parade?

(to the wicked, a stern warning)

“He is uprooted from the shelter of his tent, And they parade him before the king of terrors. They dwell in his tent who are none of his; Brimstone is scattered on his dwelling.
His roots are dried out below, And his branch withers above. The memory of him perishes from the earth, And he has no name among the renowned. He is driven from light into darkness, And chased out of the world.” Job 18:14-18

 Benson: “And this it will do, either because it will expose him to his enemies, who will kill him; or, because the sense of his disappointments, and losses, and dangers, will break his heart.”

(God’s revealing, to glorify Himself)

“ Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, “The secret which the king has demanded, the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers cannot declare to the king. But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these: As for you, O king, thoughts came to your mind while on your bed, about what would come to pass after this; and He who reveals secrets has made known to you what will be. But as for me, this secret has not been revealed to me because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but for our sakes who make known the interpretation to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart.” Daniel 2:27-30

 Poole: “Here the prophet gives God entirely all the glory, proving all the powers on earth to come short in it, it being one of God’s peculiar prerogatives to reveal secrets.”

Love does not Envy

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Note: Envy affects every part of one’s body, even to the inner most parts. Bitter envy is in direct response to those around us. It interacts with people we are envious of their success, performance, or gift. Yes, even spiritual gifts. Envy seeks its own success.

“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.” Proverbs 14:30 (ESV)

 Gills: “but envy the rottenness of the bones; a man that envies the happiness and prosperity of others, this preys upon his own spirits, and not only wastes his flesh, but weakens and consumes the stronger parts of his body, the bones;”

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” James: 3:13-16 (NKJV)

 Poole: (14) “…though it pretends to be zeal, yet is really no other than envy; and partly because it commonly proceeds from an embittered spirit and tends to the embittering it more.”

Love is Kind

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Note: If we examine the kindness God has revealed to us we can learn a lot. God, through His Son Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, is our example of supreme kindness. Often we are willing to comfort during crisis, but should it not be a continual effort?

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit…” Titus 3:3-5

Cambridge Bible: “The contrast is striking; God hated the sinners’ sins, and the sinners hated one another, but God loved all the sinners through it all, and at the right time let His ‘loving kindness’ ‘appear.’”

 “He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty. Job 6:14

Pulpit: “The first duty of a comforter is to compassionate his afflicted friend, to condole with him, and show his sympathy with his sufferings.”

Abide

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Sometimes it’s hard loving the brethren (family, church members, friends, etc.) and to love the unsaved is difficult too. Yet, Lord, You want us to have a heart of love for those people in our lives. How do I do that?

I need to remember Jesus laid down His life for my sins. I had to be unlovable at that time. Yet He sacrificed all (His position in Heaven) to become God-Man to die on a cross for sin. He opened closed gates of heaven for eternity for those who freely accept His gift of salvation.

I do believe I’m a child of God, since Christ died for my sins, I then can abide in love with His help. Lord, help me abide.

I John 4