Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. – 1 Corinthians 13:6
How often do we take pleasure in hearing of someone, particularly someone we may have had a hard time with, getting into trouble or falling into wrong? We haven’t acted or done anything spiteful, but we find that little enjoyment of hearing of their difficulties.
Love doesn’t do that. Love rejoices in truth, in God’s truth. God’s truth is seeing everything the way it really is, but also seeing everything through His grace, love and mercy. Someone else doing wrong or getting caught is not an occasion to be happy, because we realize those things are present in our lives as well.
God’s truth tells us that we all do wrong, and we all need to be changed. God’s truth also tells us He loves us and has providing a way for us to get out of that life of selfishness. God’s truth tell us He lovingly reaches out to us to give us His love. In fact, Jesus specifically sought out people who were sinful and abandoned. Like Him, the faults and failures in others should cause us to reach out in forgiveness and offer our love.
Where do we want our praises to originate? In the sins or misfortunes of others? Or in the truth of God’s love for us? Let us rejoice with the truth!