Today we’re continuing my series on love taken from the scripture 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
What is truth? In society today truth seems to be whatever one wants it to be. If I want to believe something, it’s true to me. But is that really truth? What if my truth says that your truth is wrong? Does that still make it true?
According to Webster’s dictionary truth is:
“the quality or state of being true”
“that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality”
“a fact or belief that is accepted as true”
So, I ask again. What is truth?
Truth is not subjective. How can it be? If my truth says to be kind to one another and your truth is that we should treat people how they treat us, one of us is believing a lie. They are contradictory statements, which means that logically they can’t both be true.
Or another example, if I were a serial killer my truth is that humans aren’t worth living, that I should choose who lives or dies. But maybe your truth says that all humans are created equal and we all deserve life. Yet society wants us to believe that truth is whatever you want it to be – whatever makes you happy. Well, for a serial killer, torturing and murdering people makes him or her happy. Does that mean that their truth is really true? Of course not! Because truth is not subjective to what we want to believe.
What is Truth?
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
For the word of the Lord is right and true;
He is faithful in all He does. (Psalm 33:4)
God’s Word is true. Jesus said that He is the truth. And as God’s Word is Spirit-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16) then we know that every word in the Bible is true.
What about other “truths”? If it isn’t in the Bible, it isn’t truth, it is opinion. Even science is not all true. Don’t believe me? Check out this article (and there are many others like it). It tells you science myths and misconceptions that have been spread around for years, some of which I myself believed until today. Scientists are always learning new things, so even science is not truth. Sometimes we just have to look at things differently and we’ll see that we were wrong about something for centuries.
But God’s Word is always true. It is never proved false. It never changes. Every promise God makes to us will come to pass. And everything Jesus said has come to pass. Every prophecy either has or will come to pass.
Rejoice in the Truth
So, what does the verse mean when it says that love rejoices in the truth?
I think it means a few things.
1)Love rejoices when truth is told.
Lies destroy relationships. Jesus said that the truth will set you free (John 8:32) and that’s very true when we are trying to keep secrets and tell lies to one another. When we speak the truth, it may hurt for a time, but it allows healing and forgiveness to flow. Then love can rejoice.
2)Love rejoices when we study the Word of God (truth).
If we want to grow and mature as Christians, we have to study God’s Word, and we already know that God’s Word is truth. Our love will grow: love for God, love for ourselves, and love for others. That is certainly something to cause love to rejoice!
3)Love rejoices when truth wins out.
Sometimes it seems like lying to get your way is the smart thing to do. Non-believers do it all the time and some become highly successful and wealthy. But you know what? The truth always comes out in the end. Anyone who gets money/fame/power through lies always gets caught. I believe that love rejoices in justice – when truth triumphs over lies.
4)Love rejoices when we do good.
Also, remember that this sentence “love rejoices with the truth” was tied to the previous part of the sentence, “love does not delight in evil.” The opposite of evil is good, so I think that love always rejoices when we do good, like loving others, serving others, etc. After all, that’s what God’s Word (the truth) tells us to do anyway.
I certainly want love to rejoice in the truth in my life. That’s why it’s important to me and Justin (my husband) that we always tell one another the truth. No secrets between us. I believe that open and honest communication is one of the keys to having a successful marriage. Bottling things up and hiding things is detrimental to any relationship, and to one’s own mental (and sometimes physical) health.
I hope this word from God helps you guys today as it always helps me as I’m writing it. And, of course, when I get tested by it sometime in the near future.
I love you guys and pray you have a blessed week!
If you want to check out the other parts of this series click here.