1 Corinthians 13:6
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Love doesn’t take joy, or rejoice, in iniquity; That is, unrighteousness or sin. How does this happen? Well, there are probably a couple of ways this happens.
One is rejoicing in our own sin. Yes, that is correct; even believing Christians sometimes rejoice in our own sins. How? Well, perhaps by continuing to purposely sin because we know we are forgiven. We may claim we are just rejoicing in Christian freedom, but we are actually rejoicing in our sin.
The other, and very common way we rejoice is to rejoice in the sins and iniquities of other people. The list of how we do this could be long, so we will talk about a couple.
We gossip. We TALK about the sins of others. Sometimes we even gossip through our prayers! If we aren’t talking to that person about their sin, then we don’t need to be talking about their sin. Just in case you think I’m talking about you, that statement was VERY convicting to me personally.
Why would we rejoice in another person’s sin? Well, it is probably not because we are happy for their fun! We are probably doing it because it makes us feel that we are somewhat, if not vastly, better than they are. I can only speak for myself, however. What about you?
November 26, 2014 at 13:29
I believe one of the biggest ways we, as Christians, are guilty, or have been guilty, of rejoicing or delighting in other people’s sins is via TV, movies, the internet, social media sites, some video games and music. When we allow ourselves to be entertained by people committing all kinds of sinful acts, or even at the suggestion (innuendos) of such acts, then we are rejoicing with others in their sin, and thus we are participating with them in their sin. I did plenty of this so I know. Now we have not had a TV for 6 years, and that has been wonderful! I don’t miss it at all, or the lure to allow myself to be drawn back into being entertained by sinful attitudes, thinking, or behavior.
November 26, 2014 at 13:31
I would agree 100 percent with that statement. I probably should have mentioned that actually! Thanks for your input.
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November 26, 2014 at 13:37
You are welcome! I have so many regrets over so much junk I allowed into my mind over the years. I have been a believer in Christ since I was a young child, so I knew better, but I made excuses, and rationalized and then became desensitized to so much of it. The song, “Purify My Heart” is playing in my mind as I am writing this. “My heart’s one desire is to be holy, set apart for you, Lord…” Amen!