TO REJOICE OR NOT TO REJOICE

I Corinthians 13:6: “does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth”.  Love is shown here as acting negatively and positively.  Love takes no pleasure in doing wrong, love does not do harm to another.  Love delights in truth.

Jesus said that the second commandment is to love one another as we love ourselves.  I wonder if love has completely left our world today.  Even in the church, (the body of Christ), love is not manifested as it should be.  If you have ever participated in a church business meeting where there is a big “discussion” about the color to paint the walls or whether to raise the pastor’s salary or if we should put tile or carpet on the floor….you know how little love is shown to one another.

We cannot love God but hurt people.  I pray that I have never deliberately said or done something that would be hateful or unjust.  I fear that there are times when I condemned or criticized the sin that another believer has committed.  I fear that, like the Pharisee, I was proud that I had not done the act of sin.  I certainly was not acting out of love!

Love mourns with those who are living in inequity, but rejoices with those who are living in truth (my words). When we love others with the love of God, we feel sad when we see evil.  We also will feel gladness when we see good in the lives of others.  Have we felt justified or gleeful when a sinner gets their “comeuppance”?  Well, he had it coming, we might say or think.  It seems to be hard to rejoice and be glad when a good thing happens to somebody we know.  Maybe, that is a test of love!

Two sides of a coin….iniquity and truth.  Remember to not rejoice at the bad and do rejoice in the good!

Remember that God loved us even while we were yet sinners.  It isn’t easy to love those who are unlovely.  So, ask the Lord Jesus to help you love others through Him.  That is the way that you can love others TO Him!