1 Corinthians 13:6 True Love Rejoices In Truth

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 1 Corinthians 13:6

Truth can make someone feel very good or it can make someone very uncomfortable. The feeling that one gets with is dependent upon which side of the law one is acting.

Many people fear the truth, because it exposes wrong actions or thoughts or sin in their hearts and minds of their lives. Keeping this in thought, many will attempt to cover up the truth in selfish pride or fear.

The majority of the world delights in evil, even though many will say that they hate evil. Their hearts chase after things that go against God.

In this chapter, Paul describes what love is. Here he points out that love does not take joy in evil, but rejoices with truth.

Very few people like to be exposed. They do not want anyone else to see their faults. All people want others to see is their good side. In order to make this happen, others seeing only their good side, they will often live lies and hide the truth.

One who truly understands God’s perfect love, will always rejoice in the truth, even when it hurts. God’s love will expose faults and wrongs in the life of a person. This is not done to destroy or condemn the person, but to point out areas that need to be worked on. Areas that need to be given over to God.

The true believer will run from evil and rejoice when God reveals the truth. It gives him hope that God is still in control. It reveals God’s love to him. It guides him away from evil and into righteousness.

Evil only brings about death. Truth brings life. Jesus is truth and life for the believer.

As you go through your days, always seek to know the truth about yourself, the world around you and what God is doing. Do not run after evil or any sin. Flee sin and run towards the truth.

As truth reveals faults in your life, seek to repent and change with God’s strength by His Holy Spirit. Do not allow yourself to be deceived by false lies, but know the truth.

Do not use truth to destroy others, but to build them up and point them towards Jesus. Always rejoice when truth is revealed, because truth always honors God and shows true love.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal all truth to you; that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit into all truth; that you will use truth to honor God and build others up; and that you will have God’s love in you for others.

Matthew 5:14 Light Of The World

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14

Light is something that shines in the darkness. The purpose for having light is to show or reveal things or a path. It helps to prevent stumbling that can occur in the dark. It can also make something stand out as important or of value.

While most places like to be well lit, there are many places that remain poorly lit on purpose. In these places the world wants it kept secret what is going on or they want to ignore what is happening.

Jesus told the people that they are the light of the world, like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden.

There are many believers who believe that their belief is a private personal thing. They keep it to themselves. A wall is created between their life with God and their life in this world. The knowledge of who Jesus is kept to themselves, keeping the world in the dark.

Living like this is not what Jesus wanted or expected. He wants believers to be the light of the world. Every believer is to be a shining, bright beacon of light in this dark world, revealing Jesus and God’s word.

The world may not like the light because it reveals sin and the dark heart, but it is what can also reveal God’s great love and mercy. Light brings life to this world and each believer has the light of eternal life, not just temporary pleasures.

Believers should be living their life in such a way that no one cannot not know that they are a believer, because of the great light that they are shining. This light is shining bright to show the path to God and true life for eternity.

You have an opportunity every day to reveal who God is in your life. Do not allow yourself to keep Jesus hidden in secret behind closed doors of your heart and mind. Let Jesus shine in everything that you say and do. Do not let there be any doubt in anyone’s mind that you are a follower of Jesus.

As you shine Jesus, many will come to know Jesus. Darkness and sin will have to flee, both in your life and in the lives of others. God’s kingdom will be built up as you are a light in this world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will shine Jesus in this world; that you will allow God’s light and life to shine brightly through you; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to others.

Micah 3:8 Revealing Sin

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But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. Micah 3:8 

Revealing something that is wrong often takes some bravery and strength. In today’s society there have been some whistle-blowers who have done that with different businesses and government officials. When it occurs, the whistle-blower often gets ridiculed and ostracized by many others. Their life is often in danger.

No one likes to be shown that they are wrong and will often retaliate in anger, rather than hear and change. It is humiliating to be proven wrong.

Micah stated that he was filled with God Spirit and power to be able to talk about what sins Israel had been doing. He was filled with justice to stand for God’s standard of living.

When sin is pointed out in a person, many people immediately tell the others that they should not judge the person. They take offense to the truth about their lives.

As this occurs, many believers are quiet about sin in the lives of others. They do not want to offend anyone or make them mad. They allow others to live in sin, even those who claim to believe in God.

This is not showing God’s love, nor His character. God reveals sin so that it can be dealt with. Without knowing that a person has sin in his life, he has no reason to believe in and follow Jesus. All that Jesus did becomes worthless to him. It is only because of sin that anyone needs Jesus.

Believers must be willing to reveal sin in others. However, this must be done not only boldly, but also in love and compassion with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is to be done with the purpose of restoring a person, not to tear them down and destroy them.

As a believer you must be willing to hear others when they point out sins in your life. Be willing to change and live more for God in every area of your life.

And as you are open to criticism in your own life, be open to the Spirit’s leading to reveal what is wrong in the lives of others. Share it with a loving and caring heart, striving to restore a person. Be careful not to crush or destroy others as you point them to God and His ways of living.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has for you; that you will pass the forgiveness of Jesus on to others; that God will reveal areas of your life that need to change; and that you will have God’s love and Spirit in leading others to Him. 

Amos 3:7 God Will Reveal His Plan

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Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. Amos 3:7 

Great leaders will always share what their vision is with those whom they are leading. They do not keep their plans hidden from those under them, because they need the people to be able to follow. If there is no revealed plan or vision, then there is nothing to follow.

Some leaders do not feel confident enough in their abilities to the point that they will not reveal what is in the planning. As this occurs, people will fall away and follow others. People love a person who will actually lead them.

Amos tells the people to realize that God will never do anything without revealing His plans.

God’s great love wants every person to love and follow Him. He does not want anyone to be punished or destroyed. In this God had revealed the first coming of Jesus to the people. He had revealed His plan of salvation for all people, everywhere.

Along with revealing His plan for salvation, God has also revealed what will happen when one does not accept Jesus, the punishment and judgement.

All of this is done so that no one can be without excuse. No one will be able to say that they did not know what God was going to do or why He was going to do it.

In order for a person to know what God is going to do, all he has to do is read the Bible, pray and listen to God’s Holy Spirit guiding Him. The Holy Spirit will give a person the needed discernment as to what God is doing and what He is going to do. Every believer has access to this knowledge, not just special people–pastors or prophets. His Spirit is poured out upon everyone.

Allow yourself to hear what God is doing and going to do. Read and study the bible every day. Pray in the Holy Spirit, being willing to listen and obey what God is saying.

God is moving on this earth. There are coming times of forgiveness and salvation, and there are coming times of judgement. Allow God to open your eyes up to see what is occurring and about to happen. This allows you to be able to do the work He has called you to do, to be His witness in this world and build His kingdom.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will obey God’s commands; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill your heart and mind with God’s knowledge and direction; and that you will be God’s voice to this world. 

Proverbs 10:9 The Value Of Integrity

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Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9 

Going through life there are many choices to be made. Some of those choices will be made in the public eye. Most of those choices will be made in private, in the heart and mind of a person or behind closed doors.

It is very commonly thought that what a person does in private is kept private and does not effect anyone else, because no one else knows about it or can know about it. The true reality is that things done in secret often come out into the open eventually.

In this proverb, Solomon points out that one who walks with integrity will be secure. Those who do not walk with integrity will be found out.

Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching or can know about it. This can be with thoughts, actions, or words.

Many people are finding out that words or actions that they said or did twenty, thirty years ago are coming back to haunt them. It does not matter whether they have changed their words or not, it is just that they had said them.

Men and women who had good reputations in the public eye are being destroyed because of things that they had done in private. Their lives were not matching up with what their words were saying or the appearance that they gave people.

This, sadly, is also very common in the church. Ministers, leaders and others who were respected and honored are found out to be thieves or worse. These people did not walk in integrity at all times.

The person who walks in integrity does not have to fear that someone will find out about what he did. The one who does not walk in integrity will be found out and destroyed…eventually.

Everything that you do is seen by God. Jesus said that what is said in private will be proclaimed from the rooftops.

If you do not want to be found out as false, walk in integrity today. Do this in every area of your life, publicly and privately. Do not cut corners in any area of life, but walk as Jesus walked, in truth and in the light.

As you walk with full integrity, you will know that you will not be destroyed. There is nothing that the enemy can use to destroy you, because you are right before God.

I pray today that God will guide you in your actions, thoughts and words; that you will always do what is right before God and man; that you will know how God wants you to walk this life; and that your life will be the same everywhere you are.