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Love does not rejoice in it’s own wrongdoing

What does it take for someone to rejoice in wrongdoing? To rejoice in the sins and unrighteousness of others, or yourself, is exactly what love does not do.

It should be obvious that we should not rejoice in our own wrongdoings and yet, that is not the way it always works. Rejoicing in one’s own wrongdoing can sometimes take a variety of forms.

“I am suffering for the cause of Christ.”

So many times people use their suffering as a proof of their devotion to Christ. While it is true the Christians will suffer and suffer for the cause of Christ, there are times when they are suffering out of their own fault. We should not go looking for suffering, nor should we bring it upon ourselves, nor suffer for doing what is wrong.

For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.  (1Pe 2:20)
If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.  (1Pe 4:14-16)

Playing the martyr for one’s own glory or being a thief or evildoer and yes, even meddling in the affairs of others is not love. When you suffer because of those things, do not think that it is because you belong to Christ. Do not justify suffering brought upon yourself as a suffering for Christ.

This is just the way I am!

While you might not think of this as a “rejoicing”, the person who makes this statement about things they do wrong, is saying in effect, that they are fine with how they are. “I like me the way I am and there is no need to change.” That is truly rejoicing or taking pleasure in wrong doing.

žBut if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. (Jas 3:14-16 ESV)

You hear this kind of rejoicing when it comes to things like “temper”. Someone flies off the handle and loses their temper and then says “But that is the way I am.”  Whether someone is short tempered or unkind or weak against some type of temptation is NOT just the way they are. We need to recognize what we do and then work to change it. Someone once said “God saves me “just as I am” but wants me to grow so that it is “just as I was””

Love also does not rejoice in it’s wrongdoing regardless of whether it is Past, Present, or Future, which is for the next blog.

Question: We might know what past and future sins are, but what are the future sins we should not rejoice in?

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