This is the tenth blog in this series on love according to 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
I went to the saddest funeral I’ve ever been to last summer. He was a family member. We were the same age. We grew up together. He even lived with us for a period of time growing up.
As we got older, I only saw him maybe twice. Once was shortly after I had to deny him from coming to my home because I couldn’t trust him anymore. Sadly, his funeral was the first day I didn’t worry about being around him.
The path he had chosen in life was filled with deceit. The sad part was that his funeral was no different. It was a showcase for the deception that took his life.
At funerals, there are normally pictures displayed that showcase the good to remember in someone’s life. That wasn’t the case at this funeral. The pictures showcased the lifestyle he lived as if it were something to be glorified and praised.
At funerals, the one who leads the prayer service normally shares the good in the life of the deceased. That appeared to be the case at this funeral. I felt sorry for the minister who shared only what he was told by the family and friends, which would be fitting for any funeral. He didn’t know that the good he shared was only evil twisted to make it sound good.
Hiding this man’s lifestyle with lies such as, “He would never take no for an answer,” and “He would do anything to feed his children,” when the truth was he would steal from anyone he could to feed his habit.
Friends who shared his lifestyle let out chuckles and praises throughout the service, which made those of us who didn’t support his lifestyle cringe. My heart deeply ached at the glorified deception that took place. What hurt most was knowing that what his family and friends perceived and glorified as truth was a lie.
My family and I left the funeral that day feeling like the enemy had won. I regretted not reaching out to him more. I regretted not standing up and confronting his family and friends with the Truth. I regretted not telling them about the enemy who was deceiving them. I regretted not warning them that they’d wind up the same if they didn’t change their ways.
I felt like evil triumphed and I sat there and did nothing while the enemy rejoiced.
Though we all felt defeated that day, it didn’t take long for God to remind us that the enemy never prevails. God had bigger plans.
About a month later, God began exposing the lies. This man’s mother and step-father received Christ and stood up to his friends and admitted his lifestyle was wrong. God shined His light of Truth on a family that had been living in darkness for so many generations.
The enemy did not prevail even though it appeared he had for that moment. Christ prevailed and Truth won!
Love…does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
1 Corinthians 13:6 NLT
Truth always triumphs. Jesus has already given us victory over everything. Even though evil seems to be prevailing all over the world, we will triumph!
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.
2 Corinthians 2:14
If you have a loved one who doesn’t know Christ, I want to encourage you not to give up on them. Pray for an opportunity to share the Truth in love and pray for God to soften their heart to receive it. I deeply regret not sharing the gospel with this loved one. But I did not delay in sharing it with his mother and step-father. God led me to share the Truth of His love as well as the plans the enemy has for all of God’s creation. Their eyes were opened to see the whole Truth and they received Christ, as they were not going to allow the devil to destroy their lives. Ask God to shine His light of Truth in your loved ones’ hearts.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6
God’s light will shine out of darkness and Christ will prevail!
Amanda Daubenmeyer is a wife and mother of four children, and author of an upcoming book titled: YOU CAN HAVE A HAPPY FAMILY Steps to Enjoying Your Marriage and Children. She has been married for 14 years and has experienced transformation in her life and marriage since she surrendered her heart to Christ ten years ago. http://www.amandadaubenmeyer.com/