In our congregations we are to encourage one another with the rich blessings of God's Word, and not develop gossip groups about a member who has slipped and making a bad judgment. Built that member up with love.
The Bible calls for love of each member of a Christian congregation. We are to love one another as Christ loved us and died for us.
Too often, however, the Christian forgets love to point fingers at a fallen Christian, to judge in jealousy the weakness of another.
The Bible teaches that love is without pride and selfishness. It holds no grudges, but forgives freely.
We do not live in a sterile world free of sin. We live amid all the evils and trials known to sinful man.
Love does not live in a vacuum, but recognizes the reality in which we live, and moves us to forgive even as we are forgiven for Christ’s sake. Therefore, let us heed the admonition of Scripture putting aside false piety.
Paul writes, “For love rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
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