“Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth”
(1 Corinthians 13:6)
Love cannot rejoice over what is not true – or over what is plainly evil and destructive. It would be a total contradiction of what love is all about.
Love plainly desires what is the best – what is positive, healing, constructive, encouraging and a blessing. All of that has to be based upon truth, for if any of those were found to be merely lies the end result would be counter-productive and very destructive.
If we are prepared to face and admit the truth about ourselves we also discover the real person whom God loves. It is that person to whom He holds out His hand and says ‘Come to Me’ and ‘Come with Me.’
It was his real person that David kept bringing before the Lord and who received the blessing. It was the people who knew the reality of their fallenness who came so sincerely to the Lord and who received His blessing. It was the ‘white-washed tombs’ who missed out by keeping their truth hidden even from themselves.
- “O LORD, you have searched me and you know me” (Psalm 139:1)
- “As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them” (Luke 7:38)
- “On the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness” (Matthew 23:28)
Jesus is the truth about God – telling us that having seen Him we have seen the Father. When His truth meets our truth there is forgiveness, healing and salvation.
Lord, hidden away inside me is a lonely little person thirsting for love and security. I offer that person to You. Please love them into life. Amen.