VERSE by VERSE - 1 Corinthians 13:6
We are studying the entire 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians VERSE by VERSE. 1 Corinthians 13 is all about love and many people have written books on this one chapter alone. I won't be writing a book but we will be studying one verse at a time.
VERSE 6 - this verse is very short in words but detailed in meaning.
Let's begin again by defining the basics:
The meaning of "evil" - profoundly immoral and malevolent. Wicked, bad, wrong, depraved, corrupt, dishonorable, vile, sinful, foul, malicious. (definition taken from various online dictionaries)
Focus on the first part of the featured verse today - not only are we NOT supposed to do/act evil but we are not even supposed to "delight" in evil. That means when we hear about something horrible in the news that happened to certain groups or people that we might not agree with and we think: "Well, they deserved it." - That is delighting in evil!!!
It might be even something as "small" as hearing about a bully from your childhood who, as an adult, ended up in the hospital after being mugged and beat up. You secretly smile and think: "What goes around comes around" - That is delighting in evil!
"Reject every kind of evil" 1 Thessalonians 5:22
The meaning of "truth" - that which is true or in accordance with reality or fact. Sincerity, honesty, certitude.
The second part of the verse today is similar to the first part but in a positive way. Not only should we speak & act truthful lives but we should also rejoice in truth. Being truthful in our own lives can be difficult but rejoicing with truth can also put you in pressured situations. Standing with strangers when they are speaking the truth, or backing a coworker who hasn't been kind to you in the past when you know that coworker is being truthful etc. Don't forget that Jesus is Truth:
"Jesus answered, 'I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.' " John 14:6
If we have love, then we will NOT delight in evil and ALWAYS rejoice with truth.
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