Random Thoughts on Truth & Love

Ephesians 4:15“Speak the truth in love.”  Truth without love is accusation. Love without truth is flattery. Love is not a sugar coating for the truth; it is a healing balm for the truth. Sometimes the truth hurts, but love does not hide it to avoid confrontation. Love exposes the truth and opens the wound, but it does not leave it vulnerable to the possibility of infection; it gently cleans and heals the wound. When love speaks the painful truth, it doesn’t point fingers or cast blame. It doesn’t leave the hearer helpless. It offers hope.

1st Corinthians 13:7“Love always protects.” Love protects the hearer from unnecessary criticism, ridicule, or anything beyond humble sincerity. But sometimes it also protects from a fate worse than the temporary unease that comes from hearing the truth.

Matthew 5:4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” If, in your eagerness to dodge conflict and soothe feelings, you keep others from mourning over their sin, you also keep them from comfort. They head blindly down the wrong path, and all you do is smile and wave an eternal goodbye. They need to hear the truth from someone who genuinely cares. That person is you.

Norman Elrod — “Love should be a requirement for speaking. Anything. Ever.”

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