Love does not rejoice in wrong-past, present, or future.

   Love does not rejoice in wrongdoings of others and should not rejoice in it’s own wrongdoings either. Yet, it seems that we do find some who do rejoice (take pleasure in) in the things that they did/do/will do which are wrong.

Past wrongdoings.

   Peter tells us that the past life is to be forgotten and left behind:

žSince therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. (1Pe 4:1-3 ESV)
   Yet, how many times have you known someone who finds glory in  the ‘good ole days’ of youthful indiscretions and immoral behavior? In the world, yes! But, what about those who claim to be Christians? Yes, it has been known to happen among Christians too.
   The affect of such glorying can be damaging to Christians (of any age) who have not grown up in the world and did not engage in worldly activities to the same extent. It creates the possibility of temptations in their life to do things they shouldn’t but which have been made to seem enticing and fun.
   We should rather mourn the past and glory in the forgiveness we have in Christ. Love will not rejoice in its own past wrongdoings.
Present wrongdoings.
   These are the ones we are currently battling. (Some which we may have carried with us from the past).
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (Jas 4:8-10 ESV)
   The good news (Good News!) is that God will forgive us but we need to draw near to Him. We can wallow in our sin because we enjoy it, find comfort in it, or think that it isn’t that bad. Unfortunately, we try to possess things that are not ours, will not be good for us and in the end, leave us more empty than when we started.
žAnd they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play. And the LORD said to Moses, “Go down, for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. (Exo 32:6-7 ESV)
   Israel’s attempt to have ‘gods’ who would take them back to Egypt was merely a pathway to unrestrained behavior. When the Bible says “rose up to play” it is not referring to a game of Baseball or Red Rover!
   What we need is the “godly sorrow” that Paul writes about in 2 Corinthians 7:9-10 “it produces repentance than leads to salvation.” Love will not rejoice in its own wrongdoings.
Future wrongdoings
   Eugene is correct in his comment on my last post. “Getting even” is a future sin and all sin that is PLANNED out is future. When you think of sin as either ‘lust of eyes, lust of flesh, or pride of life” you can easily see examples of sin where the sin is planned out before being undertaken.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”– James 4:13ff
My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason; Proverbs 1:10-14
Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand. They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them away; they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance.  (Mic 2:1-2)

   It also does not rejoice in sins that you would do, if you wouldn’t get caught. Few children will steal a cookie from the cookie jar with Mom in the room.  (Fewer do it a second time!). No, they wait until they will not (they think) be caught and punished.
   If you would do this or that EXCEPT that God is watching or your parents would find out. It still is lust and desire that you are just as guilty of carrying out.
But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Mat 5:28)

   Rather than planning to do evil, rather than planning to do our own will and satisfy our own wants, wishes, and desires (which in the process is to commit sin) we should devote ourselves to planning how to serve God. Love does not rejoice its own wrongdoings that are yet to be completed.
   One of the reasons why I have written on the aspect of “its own wrongdoings” is because while it is true that Love does not rejoice in wrongdoing, we tend to only see the wrongdoings of others. We need to examine ourselves before we can properly (and humbly) identify the wrongdoings that others have, in an attempt to help them correct it.
photo credit: tourist_on_earth
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About Steven Sarff

If I were to offer any one piece of advice to one wishing to serve God, it would be to put Hebrews 11:6 and Acts 17:11 into action and let God guide you to grow in the grace and knowledge of His Son Jesus Christ.

Posted on August 25, 2012, in Christianity, Faith, First Corinthians 13 and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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