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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

True Love Rejoices in Truth

Many a young man and young lady have rejoiced over their loss virtue. They have given into their desires. They approach it from two different sides. The young lady (generally) believes she has made a commitment to someone. The young man, who may think he is in love (generally) rejoices at how it made him feel. Of course, some of this may be felt either way but this is the general feeling.

They have rejoiced over the something the Bible says is not healthy. They have declared that they know more than the Bible. They have denied the truth. They are doing damage to their futures but it doesn't feel like damage. Lots of things don't seem to hurt us at the time. It is only later that we discover how much damage has been done.

Love delights in truth. It holds to the truth when everything says that it is ridiculous. It holds onto this truth when others are saying that you should go forward with your feelings. It knows that it is the truth and truth doesn't change.

I suppose this is why we have come to a postmodern age. This age denies that there is absolute truth. The absence of absolute truth allows people to analyze every situation within their own understanding of good and bad. It allows people to do what they want to do at the moment and call it good even if it will ultimately hurt them. 

The continual violation of truth blurs the consequences of evil. You really don't know which action caused the trouble you find yourself in when you have committed so many evils. You don't know that it is a conglomeration of all the evil that puts you in the place you are in now.

What has been harmed by these young people giving into their passions? They have not held to the truth so that later they may not do so again. Later may be when they are married to each other and someone else comes along who looks good. Later may be when things aren't going so smoothly that they decide to go their separate ways. Life lived by hormones will result in many painful days.

Jesus said to those who lived in His words, "You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free." I find that these people who claim to be free from the truth are under bondage to lies. These lies are destroying their lives. 

How can I rejoice when people are involved in evil when I know that they are hurting themselves? How can I rejoice in my own evil when I know that the truth is best for me? 

I can't. I can only rejoice when I see (and do) the truth. That is true love.

Commit yourself to the truth and you'll find yourself rejoicing in it. You will also discover true love.

1 Corinthians 13:6 (NIV)
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

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