Truth and Love

The single most difficult pursuit is truth and love. That sentence is grammatically correct. I know every English teacher wanted to pluralize it to read: The most difficult pursuits are those of truth and love but that’s not what I meant to say. True, love is a difficult pursuit. Correct, truth is a tough one, too. But put them together, pursue truth and love at the same time, and hang on, baby, you’re in for the ride of your life. But that’s the task of the Christian. Love in truth. Truth in love. Never one at the expense of the other. Never the embrace of love without the torch of truth. Never the heat of truth without the warmth of love.

Max Lucado

Posted July 25, 2011 by The Spillover

3 Responses to “Truth and Love”

  1. Yes! Truth w/o love: a cold orthodoxy that trends toward legalism. Love w/o truth: a warm fuzzy that lacks the factor necessary to produce personal & collective spiritual transformation. I think I often have a tendency to lean more toward one or the other, rather than seeking to hold them in balance (sometimes tension!). I love how God inspired Paul to say this: “Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (Ephesians 4:14-16)

  2. I love it. It’s a delicate balance, but a balance nonetheless. Stray too far one way or the other and we get off course.

  3. Yeah, for sure. That’s one of the reasons why we need all of the “Big 3:” Word of God, Spirit of God, Family of God. They all work together to keep us in check, so that we don’t just keep moving only and always toward our preferred end of the truth/love teeter-totter.

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