In any and all temptation, the end goal is to move the heart away from holy attachment to God to the fulfilling of self-centered sinful passions. We may “peel back the layers” on temptation and sin to expose the core issues. When we choose sin, and yes, we choose sin, we are telling the Lord, “My affections and thus my love and commitment are attached more to me than You. I am choosing sin over holiness; sinful pleasure over Your pleasure, and removing You from the throne in my heart (Deuteronomy 13:3b).
This Lord’s Day evening, we continue our series loving as Jesus loved – the chief fruit of revival. We are looking at the descriptions of true love as defined in 1 Corinthians 13 and are landing on the second quality – love is kind.
In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, he twice gives the command “encourage one another” with an additional command to “build one another up” or edify. These are two of the most important commands a Christian may obey and show an ultimate obedience to loving one another. This Lord’s Day, we look at the ways we may minster encouragement to one another.