"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Love and Evil

Two words seldom seen in the same sentence, unless in a romance novel, or (worse yet) a romance novel about vamps, are the words love and evil. In their purest sense, love and evil are mutually exclusive. They cannot share the same space. God, as the source of purest love, has no evil in him, and cannot be in the presence of (unredeemed) evil. Purest love drives out evil. So when the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:6, “Love does not delight in evil,” his readers must have silently responded with a resounding…”duh.”

However, when we step away from the purely philosophical views of love versus evil, is this principle, that love does not find pleasure in evil, all that obvious? If a hidden camera recorded our every conversation, each movie, book or television program we choose to digest, would it be all that clear to the objective observer that WE do not delight in evil? Hmmm… maybe not.

Truthfully, when evil presents itself, we do a double-take. We are drawn to it, like the auto accident at the side of the road. It’s as if we can’t help staring. When it is framed as humor in situation comedy, we roll on the floor laughing. And that bit of tantalizing gossip we just can’t resist listening to (and passing on) is evil... delightful evil.

Just as the Corinthians (if they stopped to think about the immorality that was so commonplace in their fellowship) had grown to delight in evil, we are in danger of getting used to the evil in us and around us. Having grown used to it, we accommodate it in our homes, our fellowships, and our hearts. Delighting in it is a short step away.

The consequences of small, seemingly unimportant concessions to evil become monumental when evil drives out love. We are filled with Spirit, or we are filled with something else. He does not share space with other idols. Love and evil are mutually exclusive. At any given moment, we are walking one path or the other. Choose wisely.

“Love does not delight in evil.” 1 Corinthians 13:6

"So be very careful to love the LORD your God." Joshua 23:11


  1. Your "love and evil" article should make us all really stop and think. Me especially.

  2. The passage made me stop and think first... still is!

  3. I don't think we are all alone in this, do you?>

  4. There is a reason the Holy Spirit inspired and recorded this passage. The themes are timeless and universal.