Thursday, June 15, 2006

Truth and Love

Brad at The Broken Messenger has written today about the inseparability of truth and love.
What’s my take? Truth and love appear to be inseparable partners. At least until Paul places love over the great pillars of a rebirth in Christ: hope and faith (1 Cor. 13:13). But Christ proclaimed himself as the “truth” and also said that you “shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:34). Is that truth God's love? Absolutely, it must be according to Paul's defense of the absolute need for love in faith (1 Corinthians 13).

But I don’t have a firm position right now as to which is "higher", other than to say that I don’t think that I need one. In other words, I don’t think that my ability to properly order one over the other is critical to my faith in Christ. As long as I am embracing both and apply all revealed truth in love, within faith and for Christ, I obey Christ and glorify him.

What I can say with confidence is that love and truth are certainly are not mutually exclusive. In fact, I am convinced daily that the love of God is the greatest of all truth. Why? First, we have the great command to love God with all heart, mind and soul. Second, we have the command to love others in proof of our love for God:

Great work Brad, I love how you have revealed the truth.

1 comment:

Hammertime said...

Dr. Al Mohler write on this issue, and expressed similar sentiment while discussing homosexuality and the church response. He also pointed out that we tend to act as if they are mutually exclusive when clearly they are not.

His article is here, if you want to take a look.