Read: 1 Corinthians 13:6-7
So you have a close friend, family member or a coworker that has been getting on your nerves? Everything they do, especially their corks have been getting on your nerves. Then they mess up. You’ve been waiting for this moment. Your pride begins to puff up and act as if you knew that would come of the situation they were in. You knew because you know better. Or so we think. Sometimes we become bold enough to expose them and we give the excuse that we were only being truthful. We may even try to call it constructive criticism. So often we are quick to judge others in circumstances when they do bad but expect grace when we slip up. This is all what it means to rejoice in wrong.
God does things a bit different than we do when dealing with wrong. He is 100% for people and 100% against sin. He knows that we are so intimate with our sin that it is a touchy subject and knows that we are vulnerable when the truth comes to light. He is incredibly passionate about seeing people restored back to the life we were meant for. Never once do I recall in Scripture a time when Jesus rejoices in the fact that someone did something bad. Jesus always sees the best in people and we should too. Jesus was fully aware of what sin is and what it isn’t. Yet He never went around telling people that they deserved the consequences of their actions. Instead, He empathizes with them. He relates with them and He rejoices in truth.
Ultimate truth is hidden within the confines of pure love. The truth sets a person free and there cannot be life changing truth without God-inspired love.
Love never rejoices in wrong but in the truth. It is that very truth that will set us free. God offers truth and says take it or leave it but it is the only way you will ever be free. The best way to show someone Jesus is to act in love.
- Why do you think people have a habit of rejoicing in other people's failure?