Moving From Sin To Love
January 22, 2017 Speaker: Richard Rieves Series: Start Weak: His Strength Made Perfect in My Weakness
Passage: Romans 3:21–3:25a
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (1:16).”
I. Love is always preceded by humility, and killed by the sin of pride.
The key to real relationship and community is vulnerability and humility, the enemy of which is pride.
“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5).” “For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar (Ps. 138:6).” “The Lord God has sworn by himself, declares the Lord, the God of hosts, ‘I abhor the pride of Jacob and hate his strongholds, and I will deliver up the city and all that is in it (Amos 6:8).’” “For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down (Psalm 18:27).”
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise (Psalm 51:17).”
II. Love is preceded by real confession of real sin.
“They do not cry to me from the heart, but they wail upon their beds (Hosea 7:14).”
III. Battling sin for the sake of love is the key to transformation.
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore, do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore, it says, ‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you (Eph. 5:1-14).’”
“All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (23-24).”