1 Corinthians 13:6 says, “Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil” (Contemporary English Version). Since that’s the case, then I’d argue that America isn’t as loving as we assume. If you’ve followed the recent controversy surrounding Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees, 3rd Base), then you know what I’m talking about. Rather than forgive and forget, the media relentlessly aims to expose the intricate details of his steroid use. And, apparently, everyone has joined the party. Other baseball players, sports anchors, and talk show hosts alike are taking turns adding insult to injury.
One of God’s admirable attributes, however, is that He rejoices in the truth! One story from Jesus’ earthly experience illustrates His uniqueness – the story of the woman caught in adultery. Some scribes and Pharisees (the religious media) caught a woman in the act of adultery and tried to embarrass her publicly. Rather than join their antics, Jesus resorted to the truth: “… let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone” (John 8:7, New Living Translation). After He spoke, the woman’s accusers left her alone. Truly, “the truth will set you free” (John 8:32, New Living Translation).
Aren’t you glad that God doesn’t air our “dirty laundry?” Rather than expose the skeletons in our closets, He covers our sins with love. What an awesome God He is!
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out (1 Corinthians 13:4-6, New Living Translation).