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August 2019

Rejecting the World
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Rejecting the World

Loving the world begins with thinking that God doesn’t know what’s best for you and is trying to cheat you out of something you deserve. That thought soon blossoms into a willingness to disregard God’s warnings altogether and take whatever Satan has to offer. Keep Reading

The Love God Hates
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The Love God Hates

Satan, from the very beginning of his rebellious activities, has been developing an invisible spiritual system of evil designed to oppose God and enslave people to sin. The Apostle John identified that system as “the world” and warned us not to love it. Keep Reading

Seven Things God Hates
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Seven Things God Hates

God hates sin in any form, but Proverbs 6:17-19 lists seven that are especially loathsome to Him. First is “haughty eyes” (v. 17), which pictures a proud and arrogant person with his nose in the air and his eyes uplifted. The pride in his heart is reflected in his mannerisms. Keep Reading

Holy Hatred
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Holy Hatred

After spending this month exploring fifteen characteristics of godly love, it might seem odd to shift suddenly to the topic of hatred. Additionally, “holy hatred” will sound like a contradiction in terms to those who view all hatred as evil. But love and hate are inseparable. You can’t truly love something and be complacent about the things that oppose or threaten it. Keep Reading

The Triumph of Love
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The Triumph of Love

Endurance is the final characteristic of love that Paul mentions in this passage. The Greek word translated “endures” is a military term that speaks of being positioned in the middle of a violent battle. It refers not to withstanding minor annoyances but to incredible opposition—without ceasing to love. Keep Reading

Hoping in God
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Hoping in God

Even when faith falters, hope comes to the rescue. It is that long rope that keeps us linked to the sovereignty and power of God. Keep Reading

Expecting the Best
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Expecting the Best

In Luke 15 Jesus tells a parable about a father who had two sons. The younger son asked for his share of the family inheritance, then left home and squandered it on sinful pursuits. When he realized his folly, he decided to return home and ask his father’s forgiveness. So “he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him. Keep Reading

Covering Sin
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Covering Sin

In 1 Corinthians 13:7 Paul mentions four qualities of love that are closely related: bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things, and enduring all things. That might sound like love is indiscriminate and accepting of anything that comes along, but “all things” in that verse is qualified by the context. Love rejects jealousy, bragging, arrogance, and so on (vv. 4-6); but it bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things that are within the parameters of God’s Word. Keep Reading

Maintaining Doctrinal Purity
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Maintaining Doctrinal Purity

Paul has just given us a list of things that love does not do: become jealous, brag, act arrogantly or unbecomingly, seek its own, become provoked, keep track of wrongs suffered, or rejoice in unrighteousness. Now he comes to the first of five things love does: “[Love] rejoices with the truth” (v. 6). Keep Reading

Rejoicing in Righteousness
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Rejoicing in Righteousness

To most Christians, the idea of rejoicing over unrighteousness is repulsive because it suggests enjoying deliberate, wanton sin. We’ve seen sin’s tragic effects on mankind and know how it offends God, so how could we ever rejoice in such a thing? But rejoicing in unrighteousness includes any attempt to justify sin in your own life or in the lives of others, and this can be a very subtle thing. Keep Reading

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