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Love Covers you

Love Covers a Multitude of Sins

Love Covers You

(Genesis 9:19-27) 

One day, Noah drank too much wine and as a result he shamefully exposed himself. “He became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.”

Gen. 9:20 while he was fast asleep, his son, Ham, happened to walk in on him and see him lying there naked. Notice Ham’s response: “Ham saw his father’s nakedness and TOLD his brothers.” Gen. 9:22

Ham’s brothers, Shem and Japheth, responded to the situation very differently.

Their action demonstrated the character of God. They “took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backwards and covered their father’s nakedness.”

Gen.9:23

Their action was an expression of the heart of God. Because God is holy, he cannot look upon exposed sin without condemning it. Instead he covers it with mercy. God blessed Shem and Japheth, including their descendants but he punished Ham with a curse.

In the Bible, nakedness is associated with shame.

1Peter 4:8

Love covers a multitude of sins

What did Peter mean when he said that love covers a multitude of sins?

Did he mean that if we love others like we’re supposed to, their sins would be forgiven?

No, it can’t mean that because the forgiveness of sins is something only God can grant through repentance and faith in embracing the message of the gospel.

Does it mean that we’re supposed to just ignore the sins that we commit against others or that others commit against us?

No, it can’t mean that because Scripture tells us that the sins that we commit against one another need to be confessed and forgiven (Matthew 5:23-25).

Does it mean that if we love each other like we’re supposed to, God winks at sin and turns a blind eye to it as though it didn’t exist?

No, that can’t be either because God doesn’t wink at sin. There is a death penalty for sin (Romans 6:23) and the soul that sins will die (Ezekiel 18:4) It can’t mean these things, so it must mean something else.

Proverbs says, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions” (Prov. 10:12, NSAB).

It covers in the way that it does not broadcast nor stirs up the failures and sins of others.

When Peter wrote the words, “love covers a multitude of sins”, he wrote them in the context of our relationships. Here’s the passage in its fuller context:

Part of loving one another earnestly means that we are quick to forgive others when they sin against us. “Above all”, Peter said, “keep loving one another earnestly” SINCE or BECAUSE “love covers a multitude of sins.” In this passage, loving one another earnestly means that I possess a heart and attitude of love and readiness to forgive and walk in love.

It is no mistake that God says in His Word that the world will know us by our love for one another.

Not miracles. Not healings. Not tongues. Not prayer. Not even our good works.

But our love for one another!!   (John 13:35)

“If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.” Gal. 6:1

Then after the offender has humbly admitted the truth,“…you ought to forgive him and comfort him, so that he will not be overcome by excessive sorrow…reaffirm your love for him”

2 Cor. 2:7

This is love it is a demonstration of the character of God, as is written,

Luke 6:36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

When someone sins against us, they often don’t know it. It is not helpful to overlook it. It will keep on happening, and damage both you and your offender. “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out his fault.” Matt. 18:15

God did something similar to Shem and Japheth in the Garden of Eden. After Adam and Eve ate the apple from the tree, they “knew they were naked” (Genesis 3:7). To cover their shame and nakedness, God made garments of skin to clothe them (Genesis 3:21). This is how love acts regarding the failures and sins of others. Love does not broadcast nor take delight in the failure and sins of others.

Pastor Rick

Lets Love one another!!

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The Redeemers Shoes

The Redeemer’s Shoes

The Redeemer’s shoes starts in Genesis and ends at the Cross.

We must gird ourselves with truth. We must go with the shield of faith. We must put on the breastplate of righteousness and the helmet of salvation.

Eph. 6:11.

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

We must have our feet shod with the gospel of peace. Think of a soldier who put on almost all the armour. Suppose he put all this armour on except the shoes and went out with bare feet. He wouldn’t go far.

Take the gospel of peace. Put on your shoes. You must go or you’re not a soldier. A bare-footed soldier would turn back when he meets the first encounter.

Prepare to go and take the gospel. Your shoes are the “preparation of the gospel of peace.”

I call it……………………..

The Redeemer’s Shoes

All things are now Ready

We must go quickly. Tomorrow may be too late for us to go. We must do more going than we do talking.

James said, to be a doer of the word and not just a hearer only.

Luke 11:28,

Don’t just study God’s Word for the sake of studying.

Be sure to put the Word into practice in your life.

Jesus said in Luke 11:28 “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.” (NLT)

We must go to every street, to every creature, every alley in our city.

Last week we talked about feet, and how beautiful are the feet of him who brings good news!

Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
Your God reigns!”

We must go to the blind, lame, deaf, and poor person, the Sinner.

Luke 4:18

The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

Isa. 56:7

Isa. 55:1-3

There is room for them all.

There is room for you this morning at the cross of redemption.

His house is a house of prayer for all people.

The Cross is the Place of Redemption for all people.

We must see that each individual person gets the invitation.

It is a commandment for us to go, and not only a request.

You are wearing the Redeemer’s Shoes of the Gospel!!

Luke 14:22

And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.

Luke 14:23

Our invitation must be more than mere words. “And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Hurry and go after every sinner.

How many guests will be present at the GREAT SUPPER?

You determine that!

Going with The Redeemer’s Shoes of the Gospel

Mark 16:15

And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

This commandment is given by the Lord Jesus Christ after He arose from the dead,

It is the great commission for us all. It is given to each and every Christian.

You may say that He is only giving this command to the twelve, but we must realize that this commandment is given to each individual.

Matthew 28:19-20.

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

The main ministry is “going forth.” It is the first GREAT ESSENTIAL. We must go after sinners. We must go into all the world. That includes every street in your city, every crossroads! Every person you come into contact with.

The Redeemer’s Shoes

Is the Gospel of Peace to mankind?

Pastor Rick Mora

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Words Can Hurt

Pastor Rick

“Sticks and stones may break by bones, but words will never hurt me”


TAMING YOUR TONGUE

(James 3:1-12)

James is going to teach us about the use of our tongue.

How do you use your tongue?

Someone has said that great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people.

The church that James is writing to was full of small-minded people who gossiped about each other and tore one another apart with their tongues.

I wonder if we have churches like that today?

I wonder if we have people like that today?

We’re quick to avoid murder, stealing, but we often assassinate fellow believers and leave destruction in our wake by the way we use our tongues.

Husbands have stabbed their wives with words that are as sharp as daggers

Wives have lashed out with tongues that cut and pierce.

Parents have devastated their kids by repeated blasts of venom.

Children have exploded at their parents with volleys that have leveled the family like a bomb.

Churches have been wiped out by wagging tongues that have sliced, diced, and chopped people to shreds.

“Sticks and stones may break by bones, but words will never hurt me” is not true.

Words hurt people deeply. We need to learn to tame our tongues.

James says that the taming of your tongue is anything but an easy task!

Verses 7 and 8 he writes, “All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue.”

We need to learn to tame our tongues.

James tells us four critical truths about the tongue, which should help motivate us to try to tame our tongue.

THE CONTROL OF YOUR TONGUE IS A MARK OF YOUR SPIRITUAL MATURITY

First, James says that the control of your tongue is a mark of your spiritual maturity. In verses 1 & 2:

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

James is saying here, “If you want to GAGE THE LEVEL of your spiritual maturity, consider your tongue.”

James says that you can tell a person’s spiritual maturity from listening to a person’s tongue!

He makes this point by speaking first to those in the church who aspire to be a teacher. This is not necessarily limited to those who hold the office of teacher in a church. We all have wanted to use our tongue to teach others. Have you ever said in anger, I’ll teach that person a thing or two?

meaning we want to give them a verbal lashing, A Piece of our mind.

James says, “not many of you should aspire (desire) to become teachers because teachers will face a stricter judgment.” They will be held accountable to God for what they have said to others in His Name.

If you learn to control your tongue, James calls you a “perfect man.”

This does not mean that a person is sinless. But is a very mature person.

YOUR TONGUE IS THE MOST POWERFUL PART OF YOUR BODY THAT STEERS WHERE YOU GO IN LIFE

Next James says that your tongue is a most powerful part of your body that steers where you go in life. He makes this point by using two interesting illustrations. In verse 3 he compares the tongue to a small bit in the mouth of a large horse. He writes in verse 3:

Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.

When you ride a horse you can guide that large 1,000 pound animal with a little 4 ounce piece of metal.

In verses 4, 5 James compares the tongue to a very small rudder on a large ship.

Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.

James is referring here to the great ships that plowed up the waves of the Mediterranean Sea in his

Days they were steered by a little rudder about a foot long.

The tongue is the most powerful member of your body that steers where you go in life. If you can control it, then you can control the rest of your body.

YOUR TONGUE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE VERY DESTRUCTIVE

The third thing that James mentions is: because your tongue is so powerful it has the potential to be very destructive.

See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fir, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.

There are some great forests in the America, yet every year thousands of acres of beautiful forest land are destroyed by someone who leaves a smoldering ash in a campfire or carelessly tosses a cigarette out of a car window. From just a little spark an entire forest can be set ablaze.

So it is with words! One word of gossip, one lie, one insinuation, one harsh criticism and the fire can begin. Human hearts, dry from a lack of genuine love then catch fire and the it spreads from heart to heart across a community and then leaves behind it charred and burned reputations, broken hearts and broken homes. And the damage can be severe and extensive!

James tells us here that there is a whole world of evil that the tongue can bring to pass. When James says that “the tongue is set on fire by hell!” he means that the ultimate source of that evil can actually be traced back to Satan himself.

Those who spread gossip and slander are used by Satan to cause discord, strife and pain between people. The devil is called the “Slanderer.” The word „devil is slanderer.

James goes on and gives another example of the destructive nature of the tongue.

He writes in verse 7 and 8:

For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

When James says the tongue is a restless evil, he is still thinking of the animals referred to in verse 7.

Like a lion behind the bars of a cage, it still stalks back and forth it is restless. You open the door and back it goes back into the wild. That’s also true of the tongue. Control it today and it will leap out tomorrow.

Speak kindly now but it can turn and spit out hatred in a moment. It’s a restless evil always waiting to break free.

James says that it is “full of deadly poison.” Your words can be like a snake in the grass that sinks in it’s fangs and then crawls off. And yet its poison remains to hurt, destroy and possibly even kill. Once the poison is injected it begins to spread and is very hard to extract. That is true of your words. They can be like verbal Poison.

YOUR TONGUE CAN BE A GREAT CONTRADICTION TO YOUR Faith

Fourthly, James says that your tongue can be a great contradiction to your faith.

With it we bless our God and Father and with it we curse men, who have been made in the Image of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring can yield both salt water and fresh

James is speaking to Christians. He says that he is writing to people who says, “Praise God” and call God “our Father”, then they curse their fellow man.

Think before you speak.

The words of our mouth, once we released words out they are in the Realm of the Spirit, and has gone out to perform its Task.

Speaking the right words at the right time can mean the difference between success and failure. The application of God’s principles on this subject will greatly improve your ability to get along with others and help you develop further in your walk with the Lord.

Examine how you use your tongue.

Just as we can hurt others with our words, so can we speak soothing and beneficial words that build, uplift and strengthen those around us.

The correct use of words takes the wisdom of God:

but the tongue of the wise is health” Proverbs 12:18

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life …. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones

Proverbs 15:4 Proverbs 16:24. Soothing and beneficial words can actually be health to our bones.

A Time to Speak

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7

King Solomon showed us that there is a time for everything. He instructed us that there is both “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak”

Encourage Others

Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We should be striving always to build up and encourage others.

King David was very careful about how he spoke and what he spoke about. He said, “I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me  Psalm 39:1

David made sure he looked to God, as we all must, for the essential assistance in controlling the tongue. He asked God humbly for His help: “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips” Psalm 141:3 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer” Psalm 19:14 Just as David did, we must ask God for wisdom to control our speech or words.

But the word is not just put into our mouths so we can speak to ourselves it is given so we can speak it to others.

Both those who already belong to Christ, and those who don’t yet know him. God gives us his word, as he gives us his Spirit, so that we can be his witnesses.

Our witness comes by what we say, not just with our words, but with our deeds too.

That’s why Jesus commanded that we teach people, not just so that they might understand, but so that they might obey Mt 28:19-20.

As the saying goes:

Actions speak louder than words.

But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it. (Dt 30:14)The word that God puts in my mouth, that must I speak. (Nu 22:38)

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EXAMINE your TONGUE

“Double Edged Sworrd”

EXAMINE your Tongue

Pastor Rick Mora

Dueteronomy 30:14

But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Genesis 1:

“In the beginning, the earth was void, dark, and chaotic.

God’s words created the world and all its inhabitants. He pronounced it blessed and very good.

His creation aligned with His Word.

Speak God’s Word

Our words create chaos

Our words create a mess when it’s human and not Faith.

Speak God Word in season.

Proverbs 15:23

Hebrews 4:12

The word of God as defined in the bible is a double edged sword.

That means it can cut two ways, the one receiving the given word and the one giving the word.

Hebrews 4:12

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,

”  The Greek word for “double-edged” is “distomon” or “distomos”. “Distomos” is defined in Strong’s

(1) as having a double mouth as a river. It comes from the Greek word “dis” meaning twice and the Greek word “stoma” meaning mouth or the edge of a sword.

We could say that God’s word is intended to be mouthed twice.

Once by God and then returned by our mouths.

(Isa 55:11)

(Ez. 3:3-4 NIV)

Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the house of Israel and speak my words to them.

(Acts 10:44 NIV)

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.

(Rev. 12:11 Amplified Bible)

And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony, ….

(Prov. 18:21 NIV)

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

(1Cor. 2:4,5 NASB)

My message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

We release the power in God’s Word by returning it to God. So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

(Isaiah 55:11 NIV)

We return God’s word by speaking it! God watches over His Word to perform it! God’s power is released!

By faith watch Him work according to His will, doing what He desires and achieving the purpose on earth He intended!

Warning: News Flash!!

Put your SWORD back in its place.

Matthew 26:52

”Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.

Proverbs 18:21

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

It’s Hard to Take Back a Word once it comes out of your Mouth, it’s like toothpaste.

Have you ever squirt toothpaste out of the tube and then try to put it back into the tube?

Do the words you speak have a direct impact on the lives of others?

James 3:2-10.

These verses cries out, YES!

We must bridle our tongue to our own body.

when your life is not going just right, examine your tongue and think about what you are saying.

Does it bless you or curse you?

If you want success stop claiming defeat by the words you speak.

James 3:3 says:  a bit in the horses mouth can control the whole horse, a small rutter can control the whole ship.  The mouth controls the strength of the whole body.

When you speak weakness you will be weak, and when you speak strength you will be strong.  When you have strength, you will have good direction.

James tells us that the tongue is “unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” Man can tame the beasts of the field but cannot tame his tongue. All it takes is one or two ill-placed words, and you have offended someone, started a rumor, gossiped or criticized, and eroded a portion of your character.

The tongue is the most powerful member of your body that steers where you go in life. If you can control it, then you can control the rest of your body. This should help motivate us to tame the tongue.

You and I really need to be aware of just how serious this problem is. The bridling of our tongue takes effort.

Think before you speak.

The words of our mouth, once we released words out they are in the Realm of the Spirit, and has gone out to perform its Task.

When you speak out something that is not of God, right away cut it out by the root.

Speaking the right words at the right time can mean the difference between success and failure.

The application of God’s principles on this subject will greatly improve your ability to get along with others and help you develop further in your walk with the Lord.

Examine how you use your tongue.

Just as we can hurt others with our words, so can we speak soothing and beneficial words that build, uplift and strengthen those around us.

The correct use of words takes the wisdom of God:

The tongue of the wise is health”

Proverbs 12:18

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life …. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones

Proverbs 15:4 Proverbs 16:24. Soothing and beneficial words can actually be health to our bones.

Think about that!

A Time to Speak

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7

King Solomon showed us that there is a time for everything. He instructed us that there is both “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak”

Encourage Others

Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We should be striving always to build up and encourage others.

King David was very careful about how he spoke and what he spoke about. He said, “I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me  Psalm 39:1

David made sure he looked to God, as we all must, for the essential assistance in controlling the tongue. He asked God humbly for His help: “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips” Psalm 141:3 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer” Psalm 19:14 Just as David did, we must ask God for wisdom to control our speech or words.

But the word is not just put into our mouths so we can speak to ourselves it is given so we can speak it to others.

Both those who already belong to Christ, and those who don’t yet know him. God gives us his word, as he gives us his Spirit, so that we can be his witnesses.

Our witness comes by what we say, not just with our words, but with our deeds too.

That’s why Jesus commanded that we teach people, not just so that they might understand, but so that they might obey Mt 28:19-20.

As the saying goes:

Actions speak louder than words.

But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it. (Dt 30:14)

The word that God puts in my mouth, that must I speak. (Nu 22:38)

Pastor Rick Mora

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