Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 189/260: Read 1 Corinthians 13

“Love is love.” Perhaps you have seen or heard that phrase with regard to the LGBTQ+ community. The thought behind their message is that love is pure and it doesn’t matter who you love. But is that what the Bible teaches?

Paul has quite a bit to say about love in the thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians. Notice these two things in verse 6: love “does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.” Does that mesh with the homosexual agenda and their meaning of the phrase, “Love is love”?

The New Testament reveals God’s mind concerning homosexuality. It is “vile” and “against nature” (Romans 1:26). It is “shameful” (Romans 1:27). It is “unrighteous” and will prevent one from “inherit(ing) the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

The New Testament also reveals that one can change. There were some in Corinth who had formerly subscribed to the homosexual way of living. Paul writes, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).

If love “does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth,” then those who are engaged in sexually immoral acts—whether homosexual or heterosexual—must give those up and turn to God.

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

1 Corinthians 10:13. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is ______________ to man; but God is faithful, who will not ______________ you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to ______________ it.

Pray

Pray for guidance through the Word of God to discover what love truly involves.

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