When Not to Rejoice


[Love] does not rejoice in iniquity.
1 Corinthians 13:6a

Throughout the 2016 presidential election, the press often spoke of a possible “October surprise” that would sink a candidate’s chance of election. October did not disappoint. There were federal investigations and accusations being reported almost daily. The sad part is that each candidate’s camp of supporters rejoiced at the revelation of their opponent’s bad behavior.

When we rejoice in the iniquity, sin, failure, or misfortune of another person, we have ceased to love as God loves. The apostle Paul wrote that true love “does not rejoice in iniquity.” Why? Two reasons: First, sin is a grievous thing whenever it is committed or revealed. Sin should produce compassion and empathy on our part. We should hope that sin will be overcome and that the person will discover God’s grace and forgiveness. Second, true love always seeks and wants the best for other people. We should “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). But we should never rejoice over someone’s failure or sin.

When you learn of someone’s failure, do what you can to love and encourage that person toward the forgiveness and grace of God.

Christianity is all about relationships with God and with others.
David Watson

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2 thoughts on “When Not to Rejoice

  1. I was so upset years ago at the excitement that oozed out when President Clinton was caught cheating on his wife. How can people be so excited about publicly exposing a sin that is destructive to the marriage bond and yet say they are from the party that is defender of marriage? To defend marriage you must do everything you can to support it, to support it you must do everything you can to help resolve the issues without a public airing of the private matters. Bill was wrong but making political hay from it was just as bad.

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