Love’s Negatives – Sat – 22-11-12

Have you noticed that people like different things? Whether food, clothing or entertainment, we all have different tastes. Some love horror movies. Others prefer romantic comedies. For this episode, I decided to look for things that delight people.

Something that delights gives great pleasure and enjoyment. It is not just a preference, but something that thrills you with joy. Think of a parent holding a newborn baby. Other things that delight people include their favored team winning the championship and meeting their favorite celebrity.

Cute videos posted online delight many people. One that recently went viral on TikTok showed construction paper jack-o’-lanterns made by kindergarteners. Videos of kittens and puppies have also delighted thousands.

It seems strange, but some people delight in evil. They are thrilled by it. Buddy Scott, when chaplain of the Brazoria county jail in Texas, had a conversation with an inmate. The inmate confessed to cheering for the bad guys in TV crime dramas. Scott goes on in an article published in The Facts to quote from an online magazine  YourTango, which said, “Evil people seem to delight in misfortune, to relish the bad feelings of other people.”*

This reminds me of 1 Corinthians 13:7, “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” (NIV)

If you relish slamming someone on social media, or snicker when your opponent suffers a misfortune or accident, you do not display love. Remember, love rejoices in the truth.

*Buddy Scott, “BUDDY SCOTT: Some people are disposed to evil,” The Facts, October 22, 2022,

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