At first glance, you might think this is an easy one. I mean, who wants to delight in evil? Merriam-Webster’s definition of evil is: morally reprehensible; sinful, wicked, causing harm. According to a Christian worldview, Wikipedia’s definition of evil is any action, thought, or attitude that is contrary to the character or will of God.
For me, this makes things a bit more complicated. I have often found myself having an attitude contrary to the character of God, and I know I have delighted in it. I have loved feeling the self-righteous anger wash over me and believing I was right. I have loved talking about another person, convincing myself I had their best interest in mind. I have loved seeing someone else “get what they had coming to them,” feeling that justice had been served. But is this how God loves me? Is this how God calls me to love others? I know the answer is no.
So how do we love as God loves us, not delighting in evil? We remember that 1 Corinthians 13:6 tells us that “love takes no pleasure in evil, but rejoices in the truth. So we practice daily what is written in Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Let us continually seek after God, aligning our lives with His. Amen

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