Posted by: Terry | April 29, 2013

Love and truth – an almost impossible balance

 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love. (2 John 1.3)

Truth without love leads to dogmatism; love without truth becomes sentimentalism. If our quest for truth in any way supports not loving then it must contain error. Yet if our efforts to love promotes disregarding truth then it is love without a foundation.

Sentimental love is the outpouring of emotion on someone who moves us to feel good; Godly love, the love of Jesus, begins with the mind choosing, as God did, to care for another and find joy in putting their needs before our own. Happily Godly love often results in sentimental love that will endure. Sentimental love alone is subject to caprice.

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  1. Thanks for this Uncle Terry. I feel like, as a Mom, God has been challenging me to always “speak the truth in love”…and that’s hard. But worth chasing.

  2. That is a challenge for sure, and too many people use “speak the truth in love” as an excuse to be blunt when correcting people or saying what we want is not really the issue in this passage. This passage is about living a genuine life that is in keeping with what we know of Jesus’ teaching.

    Here is what the word really entails:

    αληθευω aletheuo; real, actual, not counterfeit. To act genuinely, truly. In Eph. 4: 15, the expression “speaking the truth in love” is aletheuontes, meaning to endeavor to express the truth in a loving manner. In Gal. 4: 16 not only speaking the truth but presenting an action as the truth and not counterfeit

  3. Well written and filled with honesty. Sentimental love, also, can be a result of choosing the easy way – non-challenging, and without depth. Experience has taught me that when I fail to follow what God teaches me, the consequences are far-reaching and the lesson always returns until I truly learn and incorporate it into my life.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful message! I learned a lot from your post and I am very thankful to have seen your blog. This reminder will surely be a lesson worth remembering. May God bless you! 🙂


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