Love Loves Truth
Love rejoices in truth. 1 Corinthians 13:6
Truth reveals hidden realities. Hence, the lover of truth daily discovers new opportunities to walk wisely in the ways of Christ. Because He is the Truth, a love relationship with Jesus illuminates truth by His Spirit and illustrates truth by His life. The fruit of truth grows in a life of educated faith. Those who romance truth in God’s Word grow to know Him in deeper intimacy. Just as a loving husband pursues his wife, so do loving followers of Jesus seek His truth and His life.
Is the foundation of your marriage based on honest truth or dishonest deception? If as a couple you commit to open agendas, pure motives and transparent communication, then you value truth. Indeed, truth is a tool for loving correction, not a club for angry retaliation.You speak the truth in love to one another and so bear one another’s burdens. You rejoice, as you truly live life together. Truth-talking facilitates the freedom to trust, as fear of a secret life fades away and is forgotten.
Rather, we have renounced our secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception or distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:2) Love loves truth because it knows truth-sharing is caring. When we love someone enough to not leave them in their ignorance we show we care. Love takes time to explain and instruct, not to complain and erupt. Yes, you patiently instruct your child in the teachings of Christ so they will come to know Him and grow in His grace. Perhaps you create a culture of apprenticeship at work so everyone has a mentor who models and teaches the best practices that develop leaders.
Lastly, season your passion of truth with the spices of humility and grace. Truth is volatile in the hands of pride, but embedded in a heart of humble grace it experiences transforming results. Also, use humor to illustrate hard facts that seem harsh when spoken directly. Too, levity can lighten the mood when the seriousness of a situation begins to become real. Above all, love Jesus, who is Truth personified. His Spirit will direct you in all truth so that you can live truth in a spirit of love.
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18
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