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The Major League Baseball post season is underway. Alas, my team didn’t even win one game before bowing out. But for many fans, this is a time of rejoicing. They cheer their team after each score and each victory. They’ll stand in the stadium and scream, clap and high-five total strangers. Those watching on television will also yell, jump and cheer, even if they are watching in their own home. Then, for the team that wins the World Series, fans will rejoice in the streets in impromptu celebrations. Even more will turn out for the victory parade.
Now, think for a moment about child molesters and murderers. Should they be celebrated? Should people rejoice over their actions? Would you attend a parade for them? I hope not. Rejoicing should be reserved for good things. In fact, love “rejoices with the truth” (NIV) says 1 Corinthians 13:7.
Which means that rejoicing in falsehood and delighting in evil is not love. But notice the verse did not say to rejoice over your team’s victory, your child’s good grades or a promotion at work. Oh, don’t get me wrong. You should rejoice over these things. They are good things. But love rejoices with the truth.
What does that mean? Love can’t rejoice when the truth is denied. But rejoices when the truth wins. Truth is real. Jesus claimed to be the way, the truth and the life.
Today, show love by celebrating the truth of Jesus.
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