“Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.” 2 JN. 1:3 NIV.
We all argue over what is Truth. Than we also have different images of what is Love. If the starting point of knowing either comes solely from human history or philosophy, then we may as well continue to argue and live in disarray. However, if our basis of Truth and Love is found solely in the God of Jesus Christ, then maybe there is hope for everyone.
Truth and Love go together like peanut butter and jam, man and woman, and fish and water. When emphasized separately, one will lean in one direction or the other. Then typically, the outcome is like fish without water.
To do something out of Love without concern with reality leads to disorder and eventually disharmony with the order of creation. To do something based on Truth without Love toward others is likewise throwing the baby out with the bath water. Only when Truth and Love are looked at together does one view reality through the eyes of the creator of reality: the Triune God.
When we accept Jesus Christ as Lord in our life, the joining of us with Him becomes a reality. He begins to transform our thoughts and thinking by shaping our worldview to be more like His. Throughout Scripture we come across examples of how Jesus dealt with a conflicting matter. To those who emphasized love, he raised the issue of Truth. For those who challenged the Truth, He questioned the motive of their hearts. He would constantly then, and even now, view a situation from both perspectives.
What makes the real Christian walk so dynamic is He lives within us via the Holy Spirit extending the same principles in our life today. His life is built on Truth and Love. He extends the same to us and more so leads us to do the same with others. So when we find ourselves leaning one way or the other, maybe we need to take a timeout and ask Him to clarify the situation. Again, we may find ourselves pleasantly surprised by the Truthful and Loving answer. Unless of course we don’t want to know His answer, but just continue living our rebellious way and always wondering in hindsight what if we took the high row and Trusted Him in the matter back then – what would be different now?
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