Love Rejoices in the Truth
ďLove does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.Ē1
We are more than halfway through our series about the kind of love thatís talked about in 1 Corinthians 13. This is Godís love. Through the description of love in verses 4-8, we see the perfect and unconditional love God has for us. His love is like a beautiful, flawless diamond which shines brighter through every point. One facet of this diamond (Godís love) is that it does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
In the beginning, man was made in the likeness and image of God, but that image became stained with sin when man chose to disobey God. This disobedience resulted in a sinful nature which we inherited. This sinful nature has the tendency to delight in evil and lean away from truth, which is the opposite of what Godís love is and does. This is exactly why Jesus came to die on the cross. Because it is only through Him that we can be cleansed of this sin and once again be made new in the image of Christ. In Christ we come to not only know truth but are able to rejoice in this truth. It is through the strength we find in Christ that we are able to resist the devil and despise evil or unrighteousness.
Every day we are confronted with the choice to delight in evil or rejoice in the truth. The ability to choose truth will come much easier when we are grounded in the Word of God and daily submit to His will. Then we are able to, not only rejoice or celebrate our victories, but also the victories of others as they choose truth, justice, and righteousness based in Christ.
Truth is a facet of Godís love which is pure and unconditional. The more truth prevails in our lives, the more Godís love will grow in us and shine to those around us.
Suggested prayer: Dear God, teach me your ways and lead me in your truth. My desire is to know Your truth more every day and rejoice in it. Thank you that, in Jesus, I am made new and the sinful nature I had inherited is a thing of the past. I am overwhelmed by the mercy, grace, and love you have bestowed upon me. Help me love you and love others more each day. In Jesusí name, Amen.
1 Corinthians 13:6 (NIV).
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