Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Characteristics of love....does not rejoice in iniquity

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1 Corinthians 13:6

 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; KJV

it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. ESV

We are studying the verses from 1 Corinthians that describe what love is. The word charity is used in the KJV and translated as love in other translations. The real love that God gives is not a sensual love, it is a kind and patient love and it affects how we treat others every day.

Love does not rejoice in iniquity - I want to comment on this as it pertains to the homosexual issue. When the US supreme court ruled on sodomite marriage recently, some people including President Obama used the phrase "love wins". Sadly homosexuality is not at all about love, it cannot be, because love is of God and homosexuality is not of God. It is of the devil. Homosexuality is a deception of the devil, it is not love - it is lust and greed and perversion in full. The Bible clearly states in the Old Testament and the New Testament that homosexuality is an abomination in the eye of the Lord. 

Now we read in 1 Corinthians 13: 6 that love does not rejoice in iniquity. When we have the love of God in our hearts we are grieved and do not rejoice when evil is promoted all around us. As Christians we are offended and grieved by the very same things that offend and grieve the heart of the Lord and this includes homosexuality.

When we walk in the love of God we rejoice in the truth. The Bible is the true Word of God and we delight in it. The Bible gives us hope. I have found that the Lord will speak to me and into my situation as I read my Bible. He will take the portion of Scripture I am reading and speak encouragement, hope and truth into my heart. The joy of the Lord is our strength!! The Lord and His Word wins!!

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