1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Phonetic Spelling: (al-ay’-thi-a)
Usage: truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness…. REALITY… WHAT IS REAL, WHAT IS GENUINE
WE HAVE A GUIDE TO TRUTH – THE HOLY SPIRIT
John 16:13 English Standard Version (ESV)
13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
Holy Spirit reveals truth… guides.. opens eyes to what is real
True love rejoices in the truth… in what is right & good.
True love is unhappy about sin, injustice, & wrongdoing.
YOU ARE BLESSED TO DELIGHT IN HIS TRUTH
Psalm 1:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 1:1-2 New Century Version (NCV)
Two Ways to Live
1 Happy are those who don’t listen to the wicked,
who don’t go where sinners go,
who don’t do what evil people do.
2 They love the Lord’s teachings,
and they think about those teachings day and night.
… Think about it day and night
… Live in Truth
… Delight in Truth
THE TRUTH IS PURIFYING – IT SETS YOU APART
John 17:17 English Standard Version (ESV)
17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
True love has no need to hide anything. The truth is reality. Real love doesn’t hide.
THE TRUTH IS FREEING
John 8:31-32 English Standard Version (ESV)
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
… Abide in Truth
… Know Truth
… Free because of Truth
When you look at your walk, remember that….
True love does not rejoice over the sins of others. True love wants to best for others. True love speaks truth in love to others. True love desires what is good and pure. True love even wants enemies to discover the truth and receive God’s mercy and grace— not for a person’s destruction.