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“does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;”


Paul now turns to positive characteristics of love after listing eight negative characteristics.

but rejoices in the truth;

The word “rejoices in” is literally rejoices with. Love sympathizes with the truth of the Bible and gives a greater appetite for truth and fellowship with it. This is more than assent to the truth but is fellowship with the truth. It is glad when truth prevails. Love rejoices in the successes of others. It delights in those who experience spiritual victory after spiritual failure.


We cannot separate love and truth in a biblical worldview.


Love rejoices in the spiritual triumph of others. It reports this to the Christian community. Mature love rejoices when the truth of God’s Word spreads around the world. It rejoices when people appropriate the principles of God’s Word to experience. Love goes beyond maudlin, saccharine love; it takes joy when love connects to the truth. Some say, “I don’t care whether we agree in doctrine; the great issue is whether I love them.” However, if we truly love people, we will care about what they believe as well. It makes a great difference in terms of heaven and hell whether they believe in the finished work of Christ. Love is not consistent with conciliation and accommodation to false doctrine. We do not truly love others when we compromise truth. We cannot divide love and truth into two separate entities as if there was no correlation between the two. Love provides a greater appetite and capacity for the welfare of others.

Love listens to the truth about oneself. It is willing to take the pain of how God or others view us.