How many things make a matched pair? Salt and…pepper. Sugar and….spice. Black and…white. There are also ideas that make pairs. Good and…evil. Rather than a positive and a negative, how about two positives? Love and…truth! These two principles stand together. Is it truly loving to speak less than the truth? Whether the truth is painful or not, truth is the only thing that will help any of us. My Dad has often told me there are only two people in the world who will tell you the truth. The first is a person who loves you very much and the other is a person who is so mad at you they don’t care. The first one will tell the truth and hope we receive it because they delivered it with love. The second one exhibits no love but tells the truth in anger (sort of like the picture above). The Bible says it this way, The wounds of a friend are faithful, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful, (Proverbs 27:6). The words of those who love may sometimes bring us pain, but the truth in them will do us good (they are faithful). An enemy’s kisses are nothing more than lies and they don’t ever help. We have been entrusted with something incredibly valuable. We are truth carriers. Scripture says we can know Truth and it will set us free. Is that not the goal of Truth, to free captives? The challenge is to love enough to let the Truth out. How are we doing? Is this bit of truth challenging to you? Let it do its faithful work and encourage you to love enough to speak the glorious truth of God’s incredible love for those around you.
Soli Deo Gloria!