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TITLE: God Gave Up

TEXT: Romans 1:18-32

PROPOSITION: Some are so set on evil that we must learn to give up on them.


KEY WORD: Attitudes



  1. When a boxer is being beaten the manager might "throw in the towel."
  2. Sometimes God will give up "throw in the towel."
  3. When and why will God give up?
  4. Are there people so wicked that we must "give up" on them?
  5. How can this help us to know when to give up?


When God ALMOST gave up:

  1. Ninevah Jonah 3:1-4
  2. Israel Golden Calf Exodus 32:10


When god DID give up:

  1. Flood Genesis 6:3-8 "thoughts only evil continually"
  2. Sodom Genesis 19:24-25
  3. Israel Assyrian Captivity 2 Kings 17:22-23
  4. Judah Babylonian Captivity Ezekiel 8:17-18
  5. Fornication in the church 1 Corinthians 5:2, 5, 7, 11
    Purpose: to restore 2 Corinthians 2:6-10
    Jesus instructions Matthew 18:15-17 "if he refuses to hear"
    Disputes, contentions, strife Titus 3:9-10 reject after 2nd admonition
  6. Hymanaeus and Alexander 1 Timothy 1:19-20


Applications for us today:

  1. In teaching the lost Drill where there is oil.
    Shake dust off your feet Mark 6:11
  2. In restoring the erring Do they desire to change?
  3. In dealing with sin Is there a sign of willingness to repent?
  4. In family and personal relationships Giving up may bring them back.
  5. NOT at the first sign of a problem The issue is not what I like.
    The issue is not some sin is involved.
    The issue IS will this change? Is there repentance? Is there a desire to change?



  1. God gives up not when we sin but when we refuse to repent.
  2. We must learn that some will not change will not repent.
  3. Give up does not mean stop caring.
    Perhaps, just say, "When you are ready to study, let me know."
    "When you are ready to make some changes in your life, I will help."

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