Charity, Pt. 16

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not: charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

I Corinthians 13:4-7

I apologize for not having any posts during the last few days.  My computer died after a short illness, and it took a few days to replace it.  Modern conveniences are wonderful, but they sure aren’t convenient when they aren’t working.

In our series on this passage about charity, we have come to the fact that charity “rejoiceth not in iniquity.”  Charity finds no pleasure in sin.  Charity abhors sin and tries desperately to avoid it.  Charity does not take pleasure in its own sin and it does not vicariously take pleasure in the sins of others.

It is an interesting thing, this matter of rejoicing not in iniquity.  As Christians, we know that we should not sin.  But sometimes we look very longingly at sin.  We might not be actually committing the sin, but in the back of our minds, we can start to feel almost envious of those who are committing a particular sin.  We might watch others committing sin on television.  And we might find ourselves “rejoicing” in that iniquity.  There are so many facets to keeping ourselves pure.  Our bodies might be pure, but how are our minds?

We might not be out in the world committing all kinds of sins, but what does our heart look like?  How do we respond when we see blatant sin?  Do we attempt to avoid it, or do we allow our minds to revel in it a little, even if we would never do “something like that” ourselves?  There are many levels to “rejoiceth not in iniquity.”  We need to avoid iniquity all together!

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