TRUTH IN LOVE - loon watchman blog

Love is a huge thing with God.  And so is truth.  It is really impossible (from Heaven’s point of view) to separate the two.  And it is clear that real Christian community and unity cannot happen without both…

“Instead, speaking the TRUTH in LOVE, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.  From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:15-16)

But we humans often do very “artful” things with truth and love:

–We will avoid all confrontation or correction with those in our community or peer group and call it love (but it is really just the fear of man or “unsanctified mercy”).  This is a form of passive abuse, and it is as destructive (spiritually) as aggressive, verbal abuse. (“Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” ~James 5:20)

–Or we will use words and bible verses and confrontation (often fueled by mere annoyance or laziness), to “set things right” and call it truth.  This is particularly pandemic on the Internet — supposed Christians blasting each other in the name of veracity.  But the goal is never supposed to be mere correction — but rather, restoration. (“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.” ~Galatians 6:1)

And the real Heavenly thing — speaking the truth in love — is a costly, trying thing — it takes time and it takes sacrifice — and it is the only thing that can establish true Kingdom culture.  Anything else is just destructive, religious game playing.  And if we are really serious about this “Jesus Kingdom thang”, then we will, by God’s grace, pay the price to see it happen.


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