Yesterday we talked about how love doesn't delight in evil. Today let's talk about what it does like. I Corinthians 13:6 says, "Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth."
Truth. Not candy. Not flowers. Not jewelry. Not even a gift card to some store at the mall. Truth. You sure about that one? Thought so. He doesn't usually change His mind.
Why truth? Well if we stop to think about it, do we really want any of those things from a fella we know will lie to us or cheat on us the second we turn our backs? No, I guess not. Those fluffy tokens only mean something when they come from someone we love. Someone we can trust. Someone who is true.
Someone who is true speaks the truth. You can count on them to do what they say they'll do, be where they say they'll be. They take their marriage vows seriously. They take their faith seriously. That kind of love gives you confidence and stability. You may not even be aware of its impact, but if that's taken away your whole world is shaken.
I always find it interesting that Jesus began so many of the things He said with "I tell you the truth". In John 14:6 He tells us, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Love rejoices in the truth.
Someone who is true loves you truly. Infatuation sees you as perfection. New loves sees you only at your best. But true love, long lasting love, sees you when you are downright ugly--and doesn't run away screaming. Even if inside they really want to.
True love sees you when the makeup comes off and still thinks you're pretty. True love still finds you attractive after the pregnancies have added pounds and the years have added wrinkles. True loves stands by the bathroom when you've got the stomach virus to bring you a wet towel or drink of water. True love sees you at your worst and loves you more deeply for it.
Love rejoices in the truth.