Okay, diversions aside, back to the business at hand…focusing on and following God in love shown through obedience, as He says. This is a reblog of a dear brother’s post. He attends Master’s Seminary and is always so blessedly and refreshingly solid…enjoy!~AGM †<3
“Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;” 1 Corinthians 13:6
Rejoice: Verb; To be full of cheer.
I love being happy! I love sharing good news, God’s Word, praises of God, anything exciting! It seems that as soon as you start that ball rolling, it is hard to stop it!
As much as in me is, I seek to be joyful. I know it does not always happen. I know that I allow things to cloud my mind and heart. Yet, rejoicing is wonderful; that God does not allow me to stay “down in the dumps” for long!
However, there are those times wherein I cannot rejoice. There are those times where someone wants me to rejoice with them, but the things whereof they rejoice are sinful. I cannot rejoice in those things.
There are times I have found myself finding pleasure in sin. Can I rejoice in it? NO. Why not? Why can I not rejoice with those who are happy, or for what brings me or others pleasure? So what if it is wrong in the eyes of God?
“The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. “
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
2 Timothy 2:19
“Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”
God hates sin. Though He loves souls, and is longsuffering with us, He hates sin. He savedme from sin! He does not want me finding pleasure in those things He hates. To do so would be contrary to pleasing my Father!
It seems pretty simple, for me as His daughter. Love what He loves, hate what He hates. But, then there are people. People in my life that I want to continue to communicate with, reach, and show love. Yet, it would not be showing the proper love if I rejoiced in something wrong with them.
So, I continue rejoicing in truth. I love hearing good, Biblically-sound preaching! I love hearing God-honoring testimonies! I love singing Christ-honoring hymns! I love sound doctrines! I love GOD! I love being able to rejoice in all those things, and in Christ, with folks!
“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
In order to rejoice in truth, and not iniquity, I need to avoid giving in to any pressure that would lead me contrariwise to Scripture. I need to keep my nose in the Book, and my knees knelt before God. I need to stay submitted to His Spirit. Amen!
“Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.”