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What does it mean that love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth?



      

1 Corinthians 13:6

ESV - 6 It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
First Corinthians 13:4-6 contains a list of several things love "does not" do. The final item in this list is that love "does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth." Love loves the truth....

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
On the subject of Christian love not delighting in evil, but rejoicing in the truth, C. S. Lewis, in the chapter on forgiveness -- and, specifically, on the subject of loving and forgiving one's enemies (either personal, or on a national level, as with the British and the Germans in World War II) -- in his book Mere Christianity, said:

"Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite as bad as it was made out. Is one's first feeling, 'Thank God, even they aren't quite so bad as that,' or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies as bad as possible?

"If it is the second, then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils. You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker. If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black. Finally, we shall insist on seeing everything -- God and our friends and ourselves included -- as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed forever in a universe of pure hatred."

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