Encouragement for your daily walk with God
Paul had a tough thing to say to the Ephesian Christ followers. They needed to grow up—to become more like Christ. That’s not an easy or pleasant thing to say to someone. So he said, “…but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ…” [see Ephesians 4:14-16].
I can think of nothing more difficult than the pursuit of truth and love. My college English professor would not have liked the construction of that sentence. She would have wanted to make it a plural statement, something like this: The most difficult pursuits are those of truth and love. However, that’s not what I mean to say. So, I’ll say it again, the single most difficult pursuit in life is truth and love.
Love is a difficult pursuit. And truth isn’t any easier. So when you seek them both at the same time, then “Keep your arms and hands inside this ride at all times” [as they say at Disneyland], you are in for the ride of your life!
Love in truth. Truth in love. One should never be given at the expense of the other. Neither should we embrace one without the other. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want love without the torch of truth. Likewise, I don’t want the cold, hard truth without the warmth of love.
Love in truth. Truth in love. They really are a singular task!
Righteousness and Justice are the roots of Your rule; Love and Truth are its fruits. Psalm 89.14