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1 Corinthians 13:6-7

The Face of Charity Pt. 3

6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

These two verses , like the preceding one, are also a continuation of the sentence begun in the 4th verse. "Charity... rejoiceth not in iniquity." Iniquity, or unrighteousness, is the opposite of every characteristic of God. While God is love, unrighteousness is the great destroyer. Unrighteousness is the work of the father of lies. It portrays itself as good and pleasant while it is the exact opposite. Adam and Eve believed the lies of the serpent and, by so doing, caused the whole human race to be born with a sinful nature and to be subject to destruction. Those who have the gift of godly love could never rejoice in iniquity.

Instead, those who love seek the truth. The natural unregenerate man does not know the truth and does not desire it. Pilate asked Jesus, "What is truth?" Then he left without waiting for an answer. The gospel of Jesus Christ, the word of God, is the only truth.

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32) The truth is that which sets men free from the chains of unrighteousness and all of its lies. The truth sets men free from the certainty of iniquity's destruction. "Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day." (Psalms 25:5) Those who love God love His truth. Charity desires and rejoices in the truth.

"Charity... beareth all things." The Greek word στέγω (stego) means "to roof over, or to cover." Figuratively, it means, "to patiently endure indignities." Love does not easily complain or take offense. It covers the sins of others and patiently endures attacks from them.

"Charity... believeth all things." Perhaps this is not the best possible choice of English words. It has a slightly different meaning in the original language. The Greek πιστεύω (pisteuo) means, "to believe, have faith in, or to trust." It does not mean that a person would believe anything he is told or that he would not take the trouble to research a subject in order to find the truth. Love is a condition of trust, a lack of suspicion. There is no worse feeling than to think someone does not trust you; and a suspicious attitude has ruined many relationships.

"Charity... hopeth all things." Love is a positive attitude. It hopes that everything will turn out well. Love wants the best blessings for everyone and is not jealous.

"Charity... endureth all things." This is maybe the greatest characteristic of godly love. The Greek ὑπομένω (hupomeno) means, "to stay, to remain." Godly love sticks it out no matter what the circumstances are. It endures the hardships and controversies of relationships. It never leaves for any reason.

The greatest spiritual gift has been described so clearly that anyone should be able to understand. It is the one gift that we all need to strive to have. Even the faith that will move mountains cannot replace the gift of charity. So this becomes the standard by which we need to evaluate our own relationship with Christ. If we do not have charity, we are nothing.

Before The Throne:

Pray for God to continue increasing the love that you have for others. Ask Him to make your love visible to everyone around you so that they will glorify Him. Pray for anyone who has not treated you with this same kind of love. Ask the Lord to help you to forgive them and to show you how to repay their actions with godly love.

For Further Study:

** Rejoiceth not. 1Sam 23:19-21; 2Sam 4:10-12; Ps 10:3; Ps 119:136; Prov 14:9; Jer 9:1; Jer 13:17; Jer 20:10; Hos 4:8; Hos 7:3; Mic 7:8; Luke 19:41-42; Luke 22:5; Rom 1:32; Phil 3:18; ** rejoiceth. Exod 18:9; Josh 22:22-33; Rom 12:9; 2Cor 7:9-16; Phil 1:4, 18; Phil 2:17-18; 1Thess 3:6-10; 2John 1:4; 3John 1:3;

(v.7) ** Beareth. 1Cor 13:4; Num 11:12-14; Deut 1:9; Prov 10:12; Song 8:6-7; Rom 15:1; Gal 6:2; Heb 13:13; 1Pet 2:24; 1Pet 4:8; * believeth. Ps 119:66; ** hopeth. Luke 7:37-39. 44-46; Luke 19:4-10; Rom 8:24; ** endureth. 1Cor 9:18-22; Gen 29:20; Job 13:15; Matt 10:22; 2Cor 11:8-12; 2Thess 1:4; 2Tim 2:3-10. 24; 2Tim 3:11; 2Tim 4:5; Jas 1:12;


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