Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Love... Rejoices With The Truth
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
1 Corinthians 13:6 (NIV)
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
3 John 1:4 (NIV)
I have often considered how Heaven rejoices more 'Over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance' (Luke 15:7, NKJV).* Or how Jesus did 'Not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance' (Luke 5:32, NIV).
What does that mean to our church today? Does it mean the same thing it meant when God's Son Personally preached?
That, 'All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God' (Romans 3:23, NKJV)?
That, 'There is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins' (Ecclesiastes 7:20, NASB)?
Does it mean a tremendous temptation still exists among God's professors to believe in their own righteousness and infallibility? To become judges of others? To become white-washed hypocrites?
Does it mean rejoicing truth is found in repentant sinners who acknowledge their utter unworthiness?
Overwhelming evidence in The Gospels supports this probability.**
Next hard question: Is a truthful sinner closer to the Kingdom of God than a hypocritical Christian? The self-confessed criminal hanging right next to Jesus was very close indeed:
'Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in paradise' (Luke 23:43, NIV).
Therefore, we love.
## Love Series: Love Rejoices With The Truth (Part 19)
* 'If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray' (Matthew 18:12-13, NKJV).
** The Parable of the Prodigal Son: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke15%3A11-32&version=NASB
** The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector:
** The Parable of the Two Debtors:
** Zacchaeus the Tax Collector:
** 'So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty' ' (Luke 17:10, NIV).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.