Friday, October 21, 2011

Love Rejoices When Truth Prevails

Part 9 of a Segment-by-Challenging-Segment Series on 1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13:6b (NASB)
(love) does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

1 Corinthians 13:6b (AMP)
[(love)] does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

Beginning the discussion:

It was no secret.

The woman had been married five times. Adding to her scandalous reputation, the man she was now living with wasn’t her husband. Her neighbors avoided her, and frequently gossiped about her.

Regret and shame prevailed.

Then, Jesus entered into the woman’s life. And soon righteousness and truth prevailed instead.

As the Bible story continues, the same crowd who had previously condemned the woman’s way of life, later thanked her for telling them about Jesus. From one woman, who lived years in disgrace, suddenly arose a ministry that resulted in many lives being changed. (See John 4:7 – 42). And for once, she was viewed differently by others. And most likely, she saw herself in a different way, too.

As we memorize the second part of verse six and consider how to apply it to our lives, consider these questions: Can right and truth also prevail before there’s evidence of a changed life? Do we continue pointing our fingers and wagging our tongues until the person does something to deserve our support? If that’s the criteria, what must a person accomplish before we begin to pull for her or hope the best for him?

What if we encouraged righteous behavior among one another before a person spiraled downward? What if we prayed for the person who has taken steps in a wrong direction, or is caught up in bad behavior? What if we got involved as God leads? How might our churches, and communities benefit? 

What do you think?

• How do you think the woman in the story started her day the morning after she met Jesus?

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