Truth in Love

People need truth. But before declaring yourself the winner of another social media argument, remember that real truth is a person. If your words and actions don’t create an opportunity for someone to have an encounter with the nature and character of Jesus, then all you’re expressing is an opinion. Opinions are fine, but the world needs your personal judgments far less than it needs your purposeful blessing. And the more you focus on proving you’re right, the more the gap between judgment and blessing grows.

Even if you manage to demonstrate some measure of objective fact, without God’s presence—without love, grace, patience, gentleness, and kindness—truth becomes a weapon. It’s a thunderbolt of judgment, rather than a gift of revelation. When principle is valued above presence, you get religiosity. When presence guides principle, you get transformation.

“Jesus responded, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

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