Week 4 – Jeff Maness – August 26th, 2018

The response we have to sin in this life reveals the depth of love we have in this life. So how should we respond to sin? We can’t gloss over it, be overcome by it, or give up hope in the midst of it. Love rises above even sin!

Love Is Louder: Sin

The response we have to sin in this life reveals the depth of love we have in this life.

Big Question: How should we respond to sin?

Main Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:6-7

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1 Corinthians 13:6 6 (Love) It does not rejoice about injustice (unrighteousness/sin) but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

Love grieves, when anyone has done anything wrong. It neither loves the wrong, nor the fact that it has been done. — Albert Barnes

1. Love grieves over all sin

2 Corinthians 5:21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

“The quickest way to lose the wonder of the gospel is to lose sight of the depth of our sin.” — Jared Mulvihill

“I do not understand how a person can be a true believer and sin not be the greatest burden, sorrow, and trouble in their life.” — John Owen

“The more a true saint loves God, the more he mourns for sin.” — Jonathan Edwards

“It is not the absence of sin but the grieving over it which distinguishes the child of God from empty professors [of faith].” A.W. Pink

2. Love grows in the midst of all the sin

1 Corinthians 13:7a Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful,…

Genesis 6:5-6 5 The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. 6 So the LORD was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.

3. Love keeps going in spite of sin

1 Corinthians 13:7b (love) endures through every circumstance.

Love sustains to the end, with unshaken confidence in the goodness of God. — Cambridge Bible Commentary

2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 12, 16-18 8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you. 16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.