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Jeannie Koh
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Jeannie's published pages
LAB184 The Future Hope for Suffering
1 Peter 5:10-11
LAB182 The Art of War Part 2
1 Peter 5:8-10
LAB181 The Art of War Part 1
1 Peter 5:8-9
The Tale of Two Covenants
Hebrews 8:1-9:10
LAB180 Ways to cross-reference to understand a passage rightly
1 Peter 5:8-9
LAB177 God's Grace means I just sit back and relax? Hah! Think Again!!
1 Peter 5:7-9
LAB176 Three Ways to Fight Anxiety
1 Peter 5:7-8
LAB175 Why Romans 5:21 refers to imputed righteousness
Romans 5:20-6:2
LAB174 God relieves the humble of their fears
1 Peter 5:6-7
LAB170 Reading the passage supernaturally
1 Peter 5:2-3
LAB168 Reading Narratives to See Truths
Acts 16:19-31
LAB165 The Surpassing Wonder of the Truth of Election
Acts 13:46-49
LAB165 The Importance of Forming a Worldview
1 Peter 4:12-19
LAB161 Divine Conception and the Joyful Purpose of Christ's Arrival
Matthew 1:18-25
LAB160 The Ground for Seeking Purity of Faith in Suffering
1 Peter 4:17-18
LAB159 Seven Ways God honours us so we don't have to be ashamed for being Christians
1 Peter 4:16
LAB158 A Simple Verse With More Than Meets The Eye
1 Peter 4:15
LAB157 God Gives Us A Taste of Future Glory Now
1 Peter 4:14
LAB156 A Tale of Two Joys
1 Peter 4:13
LAB155 Using Word Searches to Understand Persecution in Peter
1 Peter 4:12
LAB154 Complaining in the right spirit
Jeremiah 12:1
LAB153 Don't Miss the Wonder of an Introduction
Galatians 1:3-5
Ask Questions to Reveal the Text's Dense Logic
1 Peter 4:10-11
LAB150 The Jigsaw Puzzle of Change
2 Corinthians 3:15-18
LAB148 Mine Within the Immediate Context First
1 Peter 4:10
LAB147 To See Requires God's Extraordinary Power
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
LAB146 Using varied contexts to understand godly hospitality
1 Peter 4:9
LAB144 The Levels of A Doxology
Romans 11:33-36
LAB143 Using Search Tool for Big Ideas like "Last Days"
1 Peter 4:7
LAB142 Praying after God's WORD when dealing with sin
Psalms 19:12-13
LAB141 Ground, Context and Logic to Determine Who the Dead are
1 Peter 4:6
LAB140 Loving Enemies and Trusting God's Justice
1 Peter 4:5
LAB139 Holiness defined by context, in part
1 Thessalonians 4:11-13
LAB138 The Inference that Leads to Meaningful Work
1 Corinthians 15:58
LAB137 The Ground For Not Boasting in Men
1 Corinthians 3:21-23
LAB136 What baptism has to do with salvation
1 Peter 3:21-22
LAB135 Show the World A Life Worth Living
1 Peter 4:3-4
LAB 134 Living for Godly Passions
1 Peter 4:2
LAB133 Who Are The Antichrists
1 John 2:18-19
LAB132 Christ died to make us dead to sin
1 Peter 4:1
LAB131 Can a True Christian Fall Away from God?
1 John 2:19
LAB130 Decrypting Confusing Bible Verses
1 Peter 3:19-20
LAB 129 It is the LORD who raises us up after we fall into sin
Micah 7:7-9
LAB128 Jesus Came to Ultimately Glorify God
Romans 15:8-9
LAB127 The Prayer for Fearless Contentment
Philippians 4:6-7
LAB126 No Other God
Deuteronomy 33:26-27
LAB125 How the OT Promises is Ours
Isaiah 41:10
LAB124 Prepare Your Heart for Cancer
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
LAB123 The Cross is to Bring Us to God
1 Peter 3:18
LAB122 The Keys to Knowing How to Live
Psalms 100:1-5
LAB121  God Wills Sin Done Against Us Without Sinning
1 Peter 3:17
LAB120 Meditating on the Word
James 3:17-18
LAB119 Treasure Jesus More than Safety
1 Peter 3:14-16
LAB118 God's blessings in suffering
1 Peter 3:14
LAB117 Sovereign God May Harm Us for Ultimate Good
1 Peter 3:13
LAB116 Love Your Enemies for Your Own Sake
1 Peter 3:9-12
LAB115 The Heart of the Christian Faith
Colossians 2:13-14
LAB114 How can we bless those who revile us?
1 Peter 3:8-9
LAB113 God Blesses Us to Bless the World
Psalms 67:1-7
LAB112 Election Gives Evangelism Power
2 Timothy 2:8-10
LAB111 Do Not Diminish God's Love for You
1 Thessalonians 1:2-7
LAB110 Your Prayers Hang on Your Marriage
1 Peter 3:7
LAB 109 Believe God more than my pain and loss
John 11:1-6
LAB108 The Saving Power of a Fearless Wife
1 Peter 3:1-6
LAB107 Saved by Grace But Not Without War
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Only by Christ's atonement and substitution, will I be able to follow Christ's example of doing good in responding to evil
1 Peter 2:21-25
God's Wise Sayings are delightfully trustworthy
Proverbs 22:17-19
God is Faithful to Himself Above All Else
2 Timothy 2:11-13
Do good when mistreated, keeping God and His reward in mind.
1 Peter 2:18-20
LAB102 Live on Earth as Citizens of Heaven
1 Peter 2:13-17
LAB101 Holy God became like us
Philippians 2:3-8
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LAB145 Only Love Can Cover Sin
1 Peter 4:8
LAB145 How love helps cover sins by others
Published January 9th, 2017
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See LAB 148 here Principle: from Ground A “ground” is an argument or reason for another statement. One way to remember this is that the ground is the ground upon which another statement is built. The supporting (or grounding) statement comes after the statement it supports. When you come to a grounding statement in the Bible, ask what came before it that it supports. Study Questions: 1. We’ve heard it said, “Love covers a multitude of sins,” but what does it mean? Just off the top of my head, I think of enduring with one another's failings. Waiting for each other in the midst of sanctification. 2. Does the great presentation of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4–13 have any allusion of this idea of covering sins? What does Colossians 3:12–13 and James 5:19–20 contribute to our understanding? Pastor John explains that in the last days (context of preceding verse 7), there will be the sins in times of stress relationally, and threat to faith. Love is patient and bearing with one another (1 Corinthians 13) so this helps with the relational aspect of sin. Love also motivates us to seek someone to turn back to Christ (James 5:19--20) thus "covering" the wanderer's sin. I also think that the contrast of Proverbs 28:13 helps -- that 1 Peter 4:8 refers to how we can cover another's sin, but we cannot cover our own sins ourselves. To deal with our own sins, Prov 28:13 says we are to confess them. I found this helpful. 3. Which sins are the hardest for you to overlook in the name of love? Whose sin is most challenging for you to endure and forgive? In the past three years, I struggle with two who hold overseer positions in the church but who sin in ways that do harm to the church body and to individual believers under their pastoral care. One is an elder of a church who can not forgive a woman for what he perceived, but was not true, as wrong on her part. This led to slander and gossip resulting in the woman needing to find another church in a very tight small community. The other is an elder who controls the choice of pastoral staff, and has used his authority to slander and vote against some good pastors. This has resulted in the departure of a very good competent senior pastor, the leaving of one other junior pastor, and the grave illness of a third. This church has great problems in finding pastoral staff today. I find enduring and forgiving these two elders in particular a constant daily struggle. I have had to preach to myself on many many related passages and pray for help and ability to have this supernatural love that is found in the children of God, and that is Christ-like. Do pray for me. Thank you
1 Peter 4:8
πρὸ πάντων τὴν εἰς ἑαυτοὺς ἀγάπην ἐκτενῆ ἔχοντες,
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly,
Double clicking on ἐκτενῆ, gives the definition of "intent, constant, strenuous, intense"
Above all keep 22 your love for one another fervent, 23
ὅτι ἀγάπη καλύπτει πλῆθος ἁμαρτιῶν.
since q love covers a multitude of sins.
Clicking on the NET Bible's superscription "24" after "sins" opens a study note giving this explanation: The statement of v. 8b, love covers a multitude of sins, is proverbial: It is quoted from Prov 10:12 (cf. Jas 5:20). It speaks of the forbearance that comes with love: Christian love is patient and forgiving toward the offenses of a fellow Christian (Matt 18:21-22; 1 Cor 13:4-7).
because love covers a multitude of sins . 24
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1 Peter 4:8
8 πρὸ πάντων τὴν εἰς ἑαυτοὺς ἀγάπην ἐκτενῆ ἔχοντες, ὅτι ἀγάπη καλύπτει πλῆθος ἁμαρτιῶν.
1 Peter 4:8
8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since q love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8
8 Above all keep 22 your love for one another fervent, 23 because love covers a multitude of sins . 24
1 Corinthians 13:4-13
4 e Love is patient and f kind; love g does not envy or boast; it h is not arrogant 5 or rude. It i does not insist on its own way; it j is not irritable or resentful; 1 6 it k does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but l rejoices with the truth. 7 m Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, e endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For n we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but o when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For p now we see in a mirror dimly, but q then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as r I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Colossians 3:12-13
12 d Put on then, as e God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, f compassionate hearts, g kindness, h humility, meekness, and patience, 13 h bearing with one another and, i if one has a complaint against another, g forgiving each other; g as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
James 5:19-20
19 My brothers, f if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone g brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering h will save his soul from death and i will cover a multitude of sins.
Proverbs 10:12
12 Hatred stirs up strife, but w love covers all offenses.
Proverbs 28:13
13 Whoever x conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who y confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Tom Horsfield
Jeannie, thanks for posting this. Gave me valuable food for action in an important situation.
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