Archive for November, 2012

Love Covers a Multitude of Sins

November 30, 2012

1 Peter 4:8Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

What does love covers a multitude of sins mean?

Does this mean turn a blind eye to sin, leave the issue alone{don’t confront or address it} —> just “love” the person despite what they are doing?

1 Peter 4:7-8The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

James 5:19-20My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth, and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins.

Galatians 6:1Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.

From NetBible 1Pe 4:8 and Ja 5:20 to cover does mean to hide or veil from view. However, if the problem is not addressed we become an enabler{giving the appearance of approval} and as seen above the person caught in sin or error is not restored.  The intent of the above verses is restoration.

It’s also clear from the above verses that to confront or address the issue of sin or error has to be done carefully – with sound judgement and a sober spirit in gentleness and truth.

Ephesians 5:8-11walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them

Matthew 18:15 If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.

The covering of love means to address or confront sin in private in hopes of restoration. Sin needs to be confronted out of love with righteousness and truth. It’s about creating a safe environment where we can be honest with each other and truly pray for each other. We judge with righteous, sound judgement not to condemn but to restore –> that we may be healed.

James 5:16Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

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Romans 12:19-21Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Love does not pretend the enemy is a friend or that his evil doing is of no account. The would be calling evil good.

Isaiah 5:20Woe 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!

Instead love seeks to purify evil with good. Love seeks to turn the sinner from his error –> only in doing this does “love cover a multitude of sins”.

1 Peter 1:22-23 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

Word Study

From NetBible 1Pe 4:7

  • sound judgement[4993] = right mind, sober discernment, self controlled
  • sober spirit[3525] = calm, self controlled, discreet

From NetBible 1Pe 4:8

  • covers[2572] = to hide or veil

From NetBible Ja 5:20

  • covers[2572] = to hide or veil
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Overflowing Gratitude

November 24, 2012

Colossians 2:6-7
And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord
you must continue to walk in Him.

From NetBible Col 2:6

  • walk[4043] = continue to live in obedience to, to make progress/grow in

Let your roots grow down{deep and firm} into Him and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong{established} in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

From NetBible Col 2:7

  • rooted[4492] = to strengthen with roots, to render firm,
    to fix, establish, cause a person or a thing to be thoroughly grounded
  • built up[2026] = To finish the structure of which the foundation{Christ} has already been laid, to give constant increase in knowledge and in a life conformed to Christ
  • established[950] = to make firm, sure, strong
  • overflow[4052] = abound, be in excess
    *abounding is used of a flower going from a bud to full bloom.
  • thankfulness[2169] = gratitude, actively grateful
The key to having a grateful heart overflowing with gratitude to the Lord Jesus Christ is to recognize Him as your Lord and to continue to walk in obedience to Him.

2 Corinthians 9:8And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

From NetBible 2Co 9:8

  • grace[5485] = thankfulness, gratefulness, gratitude
  • abound[4052] = abound, be in excess, overflow
    *abounding is used of a flower going from a bud to full bloom
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift; His Son Jesus Christ the Lord: a gift too wonderful for words! -2Co 9:15

Related:
Be Thankful!

Honey from the Rock

November 20, 2012

Psalm 119:103How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Proverbs 16:24Pleasant words are a like honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Rock Eternal standing firm
Enduring the winds of time
Strong tower, shelter above all others
Sweet refuge, Rock that is higher than I. -Ps 61:1-4

Lord hear my cry
Under the shadow of Your wings let me trust and abide
Keep me as the apple of Your eye
Nourished with honey from the Rock, satisfied -Ps 17:8;Deut 32:10-13;Ps 91:1-4
Sweet golden oil flowing from the flinty crag
Pure, rich, fresh, the perfect food
The Living Word.

Rock Eternal standing firm
Enduring the winds of time
Honey – golden, sweet, pure
Flowing from the Rock
Perfect food for my soul
A Healing balm to make me whole
Taste and SEE! -Ps 19:8-11, 34:8

Related:
Honey

Psalm 100 – Seven Commands of Thanksgiving

November 17, 2012

Psalm 100 AMP
A Psalm of thanksgiving and for the thank offering.

1 MAKE A joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands!

2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come before His presence with singing!

3 Know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His]! We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!

5 For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.

Look at the subtitle of this psalm, I never realized before that psalm 100, a psalm of thanksgiving was “for the thank offering”. Look at the above psalm, it’s interesting that it contains seven ways to praise and that these ways to praise are also commands: seven commands of thanksgiving!

Do you want to say thank you to the Lord Jesus Christ?
Seven Commands of Thanksgiving:

  1. Make a joyful noise{with the voice of triumph} to the Lord
  2. Serve the Lord with gladness{with exceeding joy, glee}
  3. Come before His presence with{joyful triumphant} singing
  4. Enter His gates with thanksgiving{a thank offering, a sacrifice of praise, adoration}
  5. Enter into His courts with praise{associated with singing a new song}
  6. Be thankful to Him{with all you heart}
  7. Bless and affectionately praise His name{as if kneeling to your King}

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Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. -Heb 13:15

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Word Study

From NetBible Ps 100:1 A Psalm of Thanksgiving[08426]
Make A joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands!

  • joyful noise[07321]= shout aloud for joy in triumph
  • From NetBible Ps 47:1
    Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout[in joy][07321] to God with the voice of triumph[07440]!

    • voice of triumph[07440] = loud ringing cry or shout of joy
      *From [07442] = a creaking (or shrill sound) for joy
From NetBible Ps 100:2
Serve the Lord with gladness!

  • gladness[08057]= exceeding joy, glee, rejoicing
    *From glad[08056] to show joy
From NetBible Ps 100:2
Come before His presence with singing!

  • singing[07445]= ringing cry, joyful triumphant singing
    *From [07442] = a creaking (or shrill sound) for joy
From NetBible Ps 100:4
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving

  • thanksgiving[08426]= thank offering, sacrifice of praise, adoration

    From NetBible Heb 13:15
    Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.

        • sacrifice of praise[133] = a thank offering
          *From [134] = to praise, extol, to sing praises in honour to God
        • fruit of lips[2590] = praises, which are presented to God as a thank offering
          *the soul is compared to a plant that is to bring forth fruit
        • give thanks[3670] = confess, acknowledge, declare, praise, celebrate
          *From [3674] = persons assembled together
From NetBible Ps 100:4
Enter into His courts with praise

From NetBible Ps 100:4
Be thankful

  • thankful[03034]= to confess/acknowledge the name of God, especially to revere or worship with extended hands
    **The giving of oneself in worship and adoration – absolute surrender with whole heart. -Ps 9:1,111:1,138:1;Prov 3:5-6
From NetBible Ps 100:4
Bless and affectionately praise His name

  • bless[01288] = to adore, kneel
    *to kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration)From NetBible Ps 95:6
    Come, let us worship[07812] and bow down, Let us kneel[01288] before the LORD our Maker.

    • worship[07812] = to bow down, prostrate oneself before superior[God] in homage

Related:
Seven Reasons and Seven Ways to Praise!
Psalm 100 Study – 7 Ways to Praise

Serve the LORD with Gladness

November 16, 2012

Do not sorrow,  for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
Joy in the Lord Jesus Christ is a fruit of the Spirit
… the outward evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
….  -Gal 5:22;Rom 14:17;Ps 16:11

O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation! Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with psalms of praise! -Ps 95:1-2

Let your joy in the Lord Jesus Christ shine
Serve the Lord with gladness!

Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance. -Ps 89:15
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Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. -Rom 15:13

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Word Study

Nehemiah 8:10 …  Do not sorrow,  for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

From NetBible Neh 8:10

  • joy[02394] = gladness
  • strength[04581] = protection, refuge, stronghold

Psalm 16:11You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

From NetBible Ps 16:11

Psalm 95:1-2O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation! Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with psalms of praise!

Psalm 100:1-2 …  Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.

From NetBible Ps 95:1-2, 100:1-2

  • sing[07442] = be joyful in triumph
  • joyful noise[07321] = shout out praises, shout out triumph
  • Rock[06697] = protector, strength
  • thanksgiving[08426] = confession, praise, thank-offering, sacrifice of praise
  • serve[05647] = worship, submit, honor, obey
  • gladness[08057] = joy, pleasure, delight from glad[08056]
  • singing[07445] = joyful voice, triumph from [07442]

Psalm 89:15 … Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance.

From NetBible Ps 89:15

  • joyful sound[08643] – shout of joy/rejoicing from joyful noise[07321]

Proverbs 15:13 AMP … A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.

From NetBible Prov 15:13

His Arm is NOT Too Short

November 6, 2012

The arm of the Lord is not too short!
His hand is outstretched still
Take hold of it!

With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm

mighty[02389] = strong, powerful, great, victorious

His love endures forever! -Ps 136:12

love[02617] = mercy, goodness, lovingkindness, faithfulness

His hand outstretched still – in everlasting mercy
Take hold of it!

Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. -Isa 59:1

The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” -Num 11:23

Was my arm too short to ransom you? Do I lack the strength to rescue you? -Isa 50:2

You were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm -Deut 5:15

The strong right arm of the LORD is raised in triumph. The strong right arm of the LORD has done glorious things! -Ps 118: 16

Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. -Jer 32:17

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Almighty
Sovereign God
Nothing Too hard
Mighty hand Outstretched arm
All-Powerful{Omnipotent}

Altogether Lovely

November 2, 2012

Song 5:16His mouth is sweetness itself; He is altogether lovely. This is my lover, this my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

Jesus my Savior
He is altogether lovely
The fairest of ten thousand to my soul
By His blood I’m cleansed white as snow
Made whole -Isa1:18;Ps51:7
The One above all others most precious to me
Jesus Christ my Lord
His love experienced and revealed
Better than life -Ps 63:2-3
The fairest of ten thousand
Seek His face
Taste and see -Ps 34:8
Life itself
He is altogether lovely to behold.

Song 5:10My lover is radiant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand.

Psalm 27:4, 8-9 AMP … One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple. … You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word]. Hide not Your face from me; turn not Your servant away in anger, You Who have been my help! Cast me not off, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation!

Oh, to behold the Father’s glory in the face of Christ!
Jesus, please give me eyes for You alone
My heart trusts in You
“Your face, O LORD, I do seek.”

The LORD is my strength and my [impenetrable]shield; My heart trusts in[relies on, and confidently leans on] Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart leaps for joy, and I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. -Ps 28:7

Do not hide Your face from me
O LORD, I plead.

Psalm 135:3 AMP … Praise the Lord! For the Lord is good; sing praises to His name, for He is gracious and lovely!

Word Study

From NetBible Song 5:16

  • altogether lovely[04261] = delightful, object of desire, precious

From NetBible Song 5:10

  • radiant[06703] = dazzling, glowing, clear, bright
  • **footnote 4 “outstanding.” The participle דָּגוּל (dagul) functions as a predicate adjective: “My beloved is…outstanding among ten thousand.” The verb דָּגַל (dagal) is relatively rare, being derived from the noun דֶּגֶל (degel, “banner”) which often refers to a military standard which, when lifted up, was conspicuous for all to see (Num 2:3-4; 10:14-15). The verb דָּגַל only occurs three other times, all referring to raising military banners for all to see (Ps 20:6; Song 6:4, 10). Song 5:10 uses the term figuratively (hypocatastasis) to denote “outstanding” (HALOT 213 s.v. דֶּגֶל). This sense is closely related to the cognate Akkadian verb dagalu “to look, contemplate” and the noun diglu “eyesight, view (what is looked at).” Like a banner lifted high, he attracted the attention of all who looked at him.

From NetBible Heb 1:3

  • radinace[541] = reflected brightness, shining forth
    *reflected brightness of Christ in that He perfectly reflects the majesty of God

From NetBible Ps 135:3

  • gracious[05273] = pleasant, delightful, sweet, lovely, agreeable

From NetBible Jn 1:14

  • grace[5485] = that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, thanks, gratitude

From NetBible Ps 28:7

  • My heart leaps for joy[05937] = greatly rejoice, triumph
  • songs of thanksgiving[03034] =songs of praise, confession(acknowledge name of God)

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The Word Became Flesh
One Thing I Ask{article}