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Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Qualities of Love, Lesson 10

The Qualities of Love, Lesson 10
True Love Rejoices in the Truth!

1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” NKJV

“Rejoice”-chairo to be cheerful, glad, gleeful, happy.
“Iniquity”-adikia- injustice (in a legal sense), immoral or wrong behavior (in a personal sense.)
The word “truth” (aletheia) is a personification of Jesus (John 14:6) True love rejoices as Jesus would. 

17th Century Moralist, Francois De La Rochefoucald, “there is something not altogether disagreeable to us in the misfortunes of our best friends.” 

What makes us this way?  Is it wrong to be glad that Sin is exposed?  How did you feel when Jim Bakker fell?  Is it ever right for a Christian to say, “I’m glad he’s dead!”  How did you feel when Osama Bin Laden was killed? 

Proverb 24:17-18, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him.” 

Alfred Barnes, “it is only as the heart is subdued by the gospel, and filled with God’s love, that it is made to rejoice when all people do well.” 

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