Love Truths Others

I have been thinking lately about truthfulness in relationships. How well do you have to know a person to be honest with them about the tough issues of life? Is being “politically correct” really a way of showing kindness and respect? What does the fruit of kindness look like? And how much onus is on me for the speaking of truth? In other words, is it OK to leave hard things unsaid?

I have been listening to a series of messages on Pete Briscoe on 1 Corinthians 13. He has pointed out that in the Greek the descriptions of love found in vv. 4-8 are formed using verbs. So in our English versions it might say, “Love is patient.” In the Greek, that would literally be, “Love patients others.” “Love is kind” would be “Love kinds others.”

In verse six, “Love delights not in evil, but rejoices in the truth.” So when it is loving to “truth” someone? This is a personal struggle for me. When I see someone suffering the consequences of their own wrongheaded thinking, my heart goes out to them. Is it my responsibility to shed truth on their thinking? And if so, how do I do that kindly? Our culture has taught us, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” But I am beginning to see the lie in this statement. Sometimes, the not-nice things should be said, to prevent the not-nice things from happening.

Jesus was a master at this. Throughout the gospels Jesus spoke the hard truths, often in very “unpolitically correct” ways. You can feel the awkward silence filling the void between Him and the crowd after such comments as, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?” (Matt. 9:4b) or, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign.” (Matt. 12: 39)

From my own experience, I see two possible causes for our reticence to “truth” others. One:   peace at any cost, even the sacrifice of truth, is of utmost value. Two: the easy way is the best way. But neither of these are truth! The truth is peace at any cost is the tyranny of sin. And often the hard way is the better way.

One Response to "Love Truths Others"

  • Hello my wonderful “seeser” – I am sitting here overwhelmed with the power of the truth you speak in your blog. Even though we talk frequently about the things God is teaching us, it is so good to get on here and read again about TRUTH and the deep things of the Lord. Each of these topics you’ve written on recently are things I’ve known and learned, but it is so good to be reminded. Like you said in your blog about losing your computer – it is so often necessary to be brought back to the truths we quickly forget in crisis.

    I’m rambling here, but just wanted to post a note to say I love you and am so grateful for this means of ministry. I know it started as a tool to share about your book, but it is in and of itself a tremendous blessing for the wonderful message it provides…for the TRUTH it speaks into your friends’ and family’s lives. Thank-you for truthing me through your blog.

    1 Dar Gail said this (September 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm) Reply

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