Man was made in the image and likeness of God, but that image became distorted and marred when sin reared its ugly head, and man chose the path of disobedience over the pathway to peace, the highway to holiness or the road of righteousness.
Instead of choosing to live in innocent dependence upon their Creator, man freely chose to rebel against the true and living God, which resulted in an inputed sin nature and an inherited tendency towards sin.
The true nature of fallen man.. not only delights in evil but has a predisposition towards giving a half-truth, a distorted truth, a part truth or a non-truth, and yet we are told that LOVE does not delight in evil but LOVE rejoices in the truth.
The true nature of man is diametrically opposite to the godly nature of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we can only attain to the standard that God requires of all his children, if we die to self and live to Christ - if we keep the old sin nature nailed to the cross and live and move and have our being in the new born-again nature.. of the Christ-life, that we receive at salvation.
If the spiritual fruit of love is to bud, blossom and mature in our life, we must keep our eyes looking to Jesus and our hearts submitted to the Spirit.. as we humbly kneel before the Father and say, 'Thy will not mine be done..'
Develop in me that spiritual fruit that does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth.. and may I learn to live in total dependence upon You Father, so that the beautiful fruit of love may bud, blossom and mature in my life, to Your praise and glory in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.
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