. . . rejoiceth not in iniquity, but
rejoiceth in the truth—1. Cor.
Are the principles of right and wrong so firmly fixed in my
mind, and am I so thoroughly in accord with the right and so opposed
to the wrong, that I would not encourage the wrong, but must condemn
it, even if it brought advantage to me? Am I so in accord with
right, with truth, that I could not avoid rejoicing in the Truth and
in its prosperity, even to the upsetting of some of my preconceived
opinions, or to the disadvantage of some of my earthly interests?
The love of God, which the Apostle is here describing as the spirit
of the Lord’s people, is a love which is far above selfishness, and
is based upon fixed principles which should, day by day, be more and
more distinctly discerned, and always firmly adhered to at any
passages: Psa. 10:3; Romans. 1:32; 2. John 4; Neh. 8:10-12; Psalm. 9:2;
13:5; 19:8; 40:16; 46:4; 89: 15; 97: 11, 12; 119: 1, 16, 55, 111,
165; Isa. 12; Jer. 15: 16; Heb. 10: 34; 1. Peter. 1:8; Acts 11: 18, 22,