Love Rejoices With The Truth

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth,” 1 Cor 13:6, NIV. Paul also said that Christians should think about good things, Phil 4:8-9 – “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” NIV

Truth is derived from the source of truth, the teaching of Jesus Christ and the apostles, written down for us in the Bible. Truth is correct information about how things are. Political correctness has little connection with truth, but most times is opposed to truth. That is because the basis for political correctness is a denial of the evil nature of mankind if left unchecked. Self-fulfillment by the pursuit of personal desires has been substituted for the noble pursuit of righteousness and service. Humanism, the worship of self, has been substituted for worship of the Creator. Those who reject the Creator are doomed to destruction, now and later. Paul explained the process of destruction that overtakes those who reject truth, Rom 1:18-32 – “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.”

“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator-who is forever praised. Amen.”

“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”

“Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” NIV

Such people approve of those who practice evil. They are offended by those who want to be like Jesus. But if we love God and each other, we will stand up for truth and righteousness. Love rejoices with the truth.

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