Pastor Don Elliott
Worship Leader David Duncan
10:00 am at Freddy T’s Restaurant
This week’s message:
LOVE…IS IT GOOD OR BAD??
Of course, love is good, right? But is it an absolute good? In other words, in the name of love can something be bad or even evil?
I am afraid so, and Paul writes in I Corinthians 13…”love does not rejoice in evil.” Why did he have to write that? Because it is not obvious. Love is an entrance way to many things and it can even be an entrance way to wickedness.
Do you believe it? Well, just think about the things you have said in your life that you love. Have they all been good? Have they all been beneficial to you and others? Have some of them even been evil? Because you loved something, have you done something that disobeyed the Lord and hurt other people?
Come on, let’s admit it. Yes, we have.
But real, biblical, godly love “does not rejoice in evil.” It “rejoices in the truth.”
We can use love for our own human, even selfish, reasons and in so doing we can get off the heaven bound track. The corrective given by Paul for godly love is “truth.” And love has a distinctive, even passionate, attitude toward that truth. It is “rejoicing.” This truth brings us joy. This truth brings us pleasure. We can rejoice in this truth and never regret anything done in that truth.
This Sunday we will examine this aspect of love a little more deeply, especially to see what truth Paul is talking about.
So…love…is it good or bad? It depends. Come to Grace Chapel this Sunday and you will discover the answer.