“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” 1 Corinthians 13:6
Pastor Kirk VanOtenghem writes, “We should never delight in or be comfortable with wrongdoing – whether it be found in others or in us. Such discoveries should bring about sorrow, grief, and mourning. Evil people may rejoice when others ruin or disgrace themselves. There seems to be a malignant pleasure in the world as it relates to this misfortune.” Paul is demonstrating to us a more excellent way. God’s love compels us to respond differently. God’s love opposes unrighteousness. The word translated “evil” is the Greek word for “unrighteousness.” Righteousness is God’s standard. When that is violated, love is not rejoicing. Love is mourning the violation of the standard. It is so easy to be glad at another person’s misfortune when it leads to your gain or puts you in a better light before others. Love rejoices with the truth because there is always hope of redemption and repentance. Love does not give up easily. Love keeps quiet about the faults of others and seeks to build up the truth rather than tear down. Love is building bridges of truth, not walls of evil. Love is very protective of others and is not happy when their faults, weaknesses or sins are exposed. We need the love of God in our relationships. God’s love wants the truth above anything else! God’s love refuses to “delight in evil.” The apostle John writes, “I rejoiced greatly when brothers and sisters came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” Pray for truth working itself out in love today. Praying for God to be the protector of truth in your life today. Send a text or email to a friend who needs some encouragement today.