Love rejoices with the truth. What is the truth? In our day, truth is a relative term; it may mean one thing to me and another thing to another person. This is the “I’m OK; you’re OK” generation. To understand truth we must go to the Word of God.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Truth is not a relative term; it is an absolute! The basis of truth is God; God is truth! When we begin to understand that all truth comes from God, we begin to understand how love rejoices with the truth.
It really does not matter how we feel about any topic; it doesn’t even matter if we believe in God! Truth does not change; it does not depend upon us. If not one man ever believed in Christ, the truth of God still would not change.
No truly loving relationship is ever established upon a lie; and no loving relationship can grow or mature unless it is based upon truth. Am I saying that all Christian marriages will succeed and all non-Christian marriages will fail? Absolutely not. What I am saying, however, is that all marriages will grow and strengthen when they are established upon truth.
When are you most proud of your spouse/son/daughter/friend? Is it when they have won a well-earned award for some important accomplishment? Or is it when they take the opportunity to pray with you – no matter where they are – or when they help you think through how to handle a tough situation in a Christ-like manner?
The Kendrick brothers write “Love rejoices most in the things that please God. When your mate is growing in Christian character, persevering in faith, seeking purity, and embracing roles of giving and service – becoming spiritually responsible in your home – the Bible says we should be celebrating it.” (p. 167) Are you doing that?
It is the things of God, not the things of earth, which should grab our attention and hold it, so that the demonstrations of the fruit of the Spirit would be evident in our lives.
There is no better way to encourage a fellow brother or sister in Christ than to tell them how you see Christ in their actions. The kindness you show those around you, especially in the midst of trial (on your part), is a beautiful demonstration of how Christians are to care for one another. The fruit of living a Christian life, filled with the Holy Spirit, is evident in so many ways in the walk of one who is clinging to their faith. If we can encourage friends in their Christ-likeness, how much better when we see righteousness displayed in our spouses, family members and friends. That’s the time to let them know how grateful you are for their spiritual investment in your life. And keeping Christ in the equation gives God the glory rather than the person living it out.
Scripture to encourage you in truth:
Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. Romans 16:19
We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. 2 Thessalonians 1:3, 4
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:18
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7
Today’s challenge: Think of one example of how someone in your life demonstrated Christian character and thank them for it, encouraging them to persevere in it.