(I must apologize for yesterday’s post going out today. This was an oversight on my part.)
NIV 1 Corinthians 13:6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
Love is the way Scripture describes God. Love is both a noun and a verb. An existence and an action. It is energy and matter. Somehow it is the essence that holds everything together and is the purpose for which everything exists. It transcends all philosophies and theologies while at the same time being the standard by which truth is known.
Learning to walk in love is not easy. By its very nature love must let us act freely. This freedom in love allows us to go place we should not go and do things we should not do. Humanity has a nature we pass on to one another. It is the nature of questioning love, of rebelling against love, and choosing to redefine love as we think it should be. Love allows us to do this and so we become separated from the truth and live in darkness. A darkness that leads to death.
In our separation from Love, we try to fill the emptiness this separate creates with the thing of this world. We try to fill it with our own definition of love. Thus, through the power of deception and delusion we delight in that which is evil (the word as it is used in the verse above means to negate the truth, negate what is right).
When Jesus came he went about teaching people the truth. The truth that God loves them and that they should love the Lord their God and love their neighbor (meaning all people) and love themselves as they were meant to be loved. Needless to say, he disrupted the delight of many. But as Jesus traveled teaching, he pointed out the truth of love that is found all around us. He told parables, stories of common things, to show us how the truth is always there.
I have found it a good spiritual practice to have times of just think about how God loves me. I then try to look at my life and see if I am sharing that love with others. I also remind myself (especially during Lent) that do not yet see the Truth completely. I will not until the darkness is forever removed by the Light of love. Still, I do desire to know and this desire moves me toward the perfection I which to achieve. Not a perfection with flaws but a perfection of wanting to delight in the truth.
NIV John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”