This tiny portion of Scripture reads like one of Solomon’s proverbs. This is a good example of an “antithetical” statement wherein the contrast is made between the first part of a sentence and the last part, usually after a conjunction. Hatred thrives on evil and hates the truth. Discord, violence, cruelty, a mean spirit…all of these thrive on evil and cannot exist alongside truth. It behooves each Christian to recognize the power of evil and the incredible power of simple truth. A corollary thought is the fact that much of the world does delight in evil. To rejoice in truth is indeed a Christian virtue born out of love for God and for humanity.
Monday…Determine that you will hate evil. God hates evil and says so often in His Word. Unfortunately, evil is seductive and attractive. Hebrews reminds us that Moses chose not to “enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” That is how evil/sin is: it is enjoyable for a while, then the bills come due.
Tuesday…What makes you rejoice? A ball game? The prospect of a relaxing vacation? A good meal? Each of these is enjoyable, of course but we Christians take ultimate joy in truth. Jesus said that He was truth personified. God cannot lie; He speaks only truth and is Truth. The Word of God is true. We demand truth from our children and from each other. Truth is powerful and is a cause for joy! “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
Wednesday…My Godly mother taught me a great deal. One of her maxims was, “The devil has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all.” One reason we rejoice in truth is because truth builds. It builds trust, respect, and yes, love.
Thursday…Our world does not value much that is really valuable. Truth is so under-valued that it is considered to be a liability! “Everyone lies” is what we hear often. That may be true, but it does not excuse deception. We learn from an early age that it is easy to tell a lie to get out of an immediate uncomfortable situation, but we also learn that a lie can lead to larger troubles down the road. Let’s learn to “speak the truth in love” and to “avoid lying lips” as our Bible tells us to do.
Friday…Real love does not rejoice when someone slips and falls. Real love takes no delight in the sin around us. Real love finds fulfillment in truth. Our world speaks of “relative truth”. There is no such thing! We have a revealed truth, revealed from Heaven, that we delight in and that delight gives a profound joy.