“(Love) does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:6-7, NKJV)
Bounded • place within certain limits; restrict: freedom of action is bounded by law.
1.) LOVE DOES NOT CELEBRATE SIN NOR DOES IT TOLERATE SIN
“Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14, NASB)
“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” (2 Timothy 2:22, NLT)
“That grace instructs us to give up ungodly living and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this world,” (Titus 2:12, GNB)
2.) LOVE SILENTLY ENDURES AND COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SIN
“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12, NLT)
“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8, NLT)
3.) LOVE SEES THE TRUTH OF YOUR CREATED VALUE
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27, ESV)
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” (Psalm 139:14, NKJV)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, ESV)
Life Group Questions are:
What are boundaries in the life of a Christian?
What part does self-control play in setting boundaries?
Does love set boundaries? What does it mean that love covers a multitude of sins?
What are the benefits of setting boundaries? Give personal examples!