“6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. ” 1 Corinthians 13:6
Paul has given to us the positive sides of love, the negative sides of love, and now he brings us to a contrasting statement.
Love does not delight in evil...
When unrighteousness, injustice, wickedness occur – there shouldn’t be rejoicing from us. When people are mistreated or when God is dishonored or God’s laws are disobeyed – no rejoicing!
Ok – that’s not difficult until it happens to someone who has done me wrong or you wrong. Right? What then?
The person who has been a bully. The person who has betrayed you or me. Our enemy who always seems to end up on top, that person? I’d rather see him get a good punch in the nose. I can’t rejoice then either, huh?
And as much as I would like to jump up and down because “finally! He had that coming to him” has happened, love is never glad at another’s hardships. It doesn’t gossip about the problems of other people or post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter the downfall. To do so, is not displaying love.
but rejoices with the truth...
Christians must love the truth at all costs. John 14:6, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
He is the truth.
It sounds simple until we are confronted with watered-down versions of the truth. When we are asked to accept and believe what is not Biblical truth. When we are confronted with tough moral choices and decisions. When we desire to do one thing but the truth of the Bible tells us what we are choosing to do is wrong.
Balancing the truth and love is like walking on a tightrope across the Grand Canyon. In other words, it is never easy. Sometimes it causes us to confront others or for others to confront us because love is involved but so is sin. It is those moments in parenting when you have to tell your child “NO,” even though you know how much they desire to do something. As Christians we must love what is true more than the desire to do what the Bible tells us is wrong.
In what areas of your life are you avoiding the truth of the Bible?