“That they all might be damned who believed not the truth,
but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Just want to make another point about faith before moving on. I want you to note that the opposite of loving the truth is having pleasure in sin.
Does sin feel good to you? Do you take pleasure in it? Furthermore, do you take pleasure in other people doing sin? Enjoy watching movies with cussing, killing and fornicating?
If a sin-filled movie you watch gives you pleasure, exactly what does that say about you? Is there any sorrow affiliated with your pleasure in what is wrong?
Seems to me, one who believes the truth not only will not find pleasure in unrighteousness but will actually find a degree of displeasure that sin repels you.
Now, the flesh is a beast. It’s lusts can overtake you in a minute. Lusts work off the basis of pleasure. Without pleasure there really is no lust.
Living for God’s pleasure is a higher calling, one that will satisfy for eternity and keep us from much dumb foolishness. Paul later describes unbelievers as “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.”
This is the issue: what would you rather have: fleshly pleasure or the pleasures of God?
It’s amazing that our flesh can confuse this issue and make us highly irrational. The answer is not just to fight off unrighteousness and feel bad about feeling pleasure. The answer is to love the truth, the rest will take care of itself.
Love of the truth is probably a deep subject, one we have barely scratched the surface of. Jesus said, “I am the way, the Truth, and the life.” John says “they word is truth.” Do we delight in and love the truth? That’s the question.