Part 8 of a Segment-by-Challenging-Segment Series on 1 Corinthians 13
1 Corinthians 13:6a (NASB)
(Love) does not rejoice in unrighteousness ...
1 Corinthians 13:6a (AMP)
([Love]) does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness ...
Beginning the discussion:
“I am here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused … I am announcing my resignation from Congress, so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative and most important so that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused.”
Many have questioned if the U. S. Representative felt genuine remorse during his resignation speech following the scandal involving him texting lewd photos of himself to several women.
But there’s little doubt those same people did feel a host of emotions in the midst of this man’s political demise. Were any of these emotions feelings of compassion, or grace? Or were his opponents quietly celebrating the end of his career?
How many prayers from us, the viewing public, were offered for the healing and restoration of his marriage – or more importantly – his soul? It’s easy to justify not extending grace, especially when it comes to politics, or when the offensive person has committed a grievous offense. It’s tempting to take a little satisfaction in the demise of someone who’s hurt us, isn’t it?
But that is not how we are called to live.
As we continue to memorize and obey 1 Corinthians 13, this verse will be broken into two segments.
Here is the verse in its entirety:
1 Corinthians 13:6 (NASB)
does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
1 Corinthians 13:6 (AMP)
It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
What do you think?
• Have you faced a moral, spiritual, economic, or some other type of downfall? How were you treated?
• Do you know people who have brought shame upon themselves and their families? How can you respond to them in a Christ-like way?
• Is there anyone (even an “enemy”) you need to seek forgiveness from because of the way you responded to his or her time of shame?