Love’s Delight

Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

February 17, 2024

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Love’s Delight

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1 Corinthians 13:6 “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”

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Love operates on a unique frequency when it encounters wrongdoing. It doesn't derive pleasure from hearing about evil or take joy in someone else's misfortune. Instead, true love grieves when others stumble or fall, and it actively seeks their restoration. In a world where gossip and negativity are prevalent, love sets itself apart by refusing to indulge in spreading lousy news or finding satisfaction in the downfall of others.

Yet, within the realm of love, there exists a delicate balance. While it embodies kindness and forgiveness, love also upholds the truth and doesn't ignore sin. Love courageously addresses wrongdoing with sensitivity and compassion. Though confrontation may be challenging, love compels us to correct and guide others because it genuinely cares for their well-being. Love's focus is not on pointing out faults but on celebrating spiritual victories and growth.

As expressed by John in 3 John 4, there is no greater joy than witnessing others walk in the truth and reflect the character of Jesus. Love rejoices in seeing others flourish spiritually, witnessing their growth and progress in their faith journey. It becomes a source of encouragement and support, celebrating every small step forward and offering assistance during times of struggle. Love's joy isn't found in judgment but in the triumph of truth and the growth of those we deeply care about.

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Check out your social media feeds. Do you have sources of negativity or gossip that influence your thoughts and behaviors adversely? Cultivate a positive and encouraging environment in your social circles and community. Sign up for a serve team or small group today, and surround yourself with people who will help you.

Pray

God, thank you for your love and truth that guide me. Help me to align with you by rejoicing in truth and seeking restoration. Enable me to reflect your grace and mercy and be a lighthouse to those in need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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