#617 (7/6/22) LOVE CELEBRATES WHAT IS TRUE
‘Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth’ (1 Corinthians 13:6)
These last few weeks have been saturated with celebrations of the queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Unusually for a person with so much attention, she has set an example of good character. Our queen is worthy of celebration I think.
The phrase we are looking at is balanced with two halves: first comes the negative: ‘Love does not delight in evil’; this is balanced with the positive: ‘but rejoices with the truth’. The two must be kept in balance. If we only fight against what is evil, we will only be negative. However, if we only rejoice in what is good, we will fail to confront evil. Christian leaders and all Christians will have a propensity to one side or the other.
HOW DO WE REJOICE WITH THE TRUTH?
Could you say that your daily life is marked with noticing and celebrating what is good and true? There are the common grace things of good weather, flowers, wildlife, music, art, things that lift your heart… Do we notice and give thanks to God and, do we, regularly, praise people for truth and goodness?
Do we rejoice to see our brothers and sisters seeking to walk in the truth? Do we praise God for any evidence of grace that we see in people? Are we encouraging people for the good we see in them? Don’t just rush on from this! If you’re married, do you daily praise your spouse for the good you see in them? Do you take them for granted? If you have children, do you pick them up on the good they do? In your friendships, do you praise the good that you see?
Then there is the truth of the Bible. As we read the Bible, do we give thanks for the truths that we read about?
Can we follow the example of Paul who, when writing to the Corinthian church who had so many serious problems, could also rejoice in the truth:
‘I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge.’ (1 Corinthians 1:4)