Isaiah 60:1-3 (NIV) 1 "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. 2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. 3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
- Love is not a fleeting feeling, it’s the fervent fight of faithfulness.
1 Corinthians 13:4-13 (NIV) 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
1. Does not delight in evil
ESV-“it does not rejoice at wrongdoing.”
Love does not do “Whatever makes you happy.”
Love does not affirm sin
Unconditional love is not unconditional affirmation.
“At the heart of the Gospel is God who is deeply in love with humanity yet abhors sin.”
Romans 12:9-10 (NIV) 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves
We honor virtue not vices.
We don’t celebrate nor tolerate evil.
Revelation 2:19-20 (NIV) 19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.
“We hate sin because it is destructive to our selves our society and our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit!”
Love does not delight when evil happens to others.
2. Rejoices with Truth
Embracing the Truth
2 Thessalonians 2:12 (NLT) They will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.
Expressing the Truth
“If you are not speaking the truth in Love you are misrepresenting it.”
Ephesians 4:14-16 (NLT) 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Experience the fruit of Truth
“Love opens the door but it’s the truth that sets them free!”
John 8:31-32 (NLT2) 31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
3. Always Protects
Stegō to roof over.
1 Peter 4:8 (NLT) Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
Genesis 3:7-10 (NLT) 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. 8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees. 9 Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”
Genesis 3:21 (NLT) And the LORD God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.
4. Always Perseveres
Endures all things.(hypo-meno)
Love always sticks around, stays faithful & fervently fights for!
1 John 4:10 & 11 (NLT) This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.