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Love & Truth are Inseparable

truth and loveA quick survey of the cultural landscape reveals our desperate quest for love. Whether it’s soap operas, grocery store tabloids, or the latest pop hit, our popular culture is flooded with the notion of love. The irony is that our pursuit of love has never been more vulgar, violent and obscene. What we now refer to as “love” is nothing more than syrupy sentimentality or raw lust. True love has proven impossible for the fallen world to achieve, and the reason is not hard to discover.

The problem with the world is that it tries to seek love apart from and at the cost of truth. As Arthur Katz observes, the world “fervently seeks after love but cannot and will not receive truth; therefore, it finds neither truth nor love.” In this regard, we see that truth is a necessary pre-requisite for love. Love springs forth from the deep wells of truth. Without the strong banks of truth, the river of love becomes a polluted swamp full of all kinds of poisonous and dangerous creatures.

The Apostle John, known as “the apostle of love” and the one who rested his head upon the bosom of Christ, clearly understood the unbreakable union between love and truth. He begins his second epistle with these words: “To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth, because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love” (II John 1-3) For John, the only way to truly love someone was in truth. Truth defines what love actually looks like.

Think of all the destructive behaviors which occur in our world today under the guise of “love.” We approve of pre-marital sex when both parties “really love each other.” We justify co-habitation as an experiment for marriage when the couple is “in love.” Husbands leave their wives because they are “in love” with another woman. We argue that homosexuals should be allowed to marry because they just happen to “love” members of the same sex. After all, who are we to tell them it’s wrong if they are truly “in love.” The list of perversions goes on and on. If love is not defined and supported by the foundation of truth, it becomes merely a smoke screen to cover our selfish desires for physical pleasure at any cost.

The following verses highlight the unbreakable relationship between love and truth:

“your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.” (Psalm 26:3)

“I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly.” (Psalm 40:10)

“your love and your truth always protect me.” (Psalm 40:11)

“Therefore love truth and peace.” (Zechariah 8:19)

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” (I Corinthians 13:6)

“speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)

“the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel” (Colossians 1:5)

“They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” (II Thessalonians 2:10)

If you’re looking for love, start by embracing God’s Truth about relationships!

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