Love and Truth
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” (John 18:36-37)
If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. (John 8:31-32)
Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. (I John 4:11-12)
We sometimes have a tendency to understand love and truth separately, but they are best understood together as one entity. To love someone is to be in true relation to them. When, due to love, one expresses truth at the same time as compassion, the seemingly separate expressions become one expression. Affection expressed without truth falls short of true love; it enables the false part of a human being rather than acknowledging, supporting, and nourishing the true being. Affection that gives in to the addictions of another person—like giving alcohol to an alcoholic—fails to value truth and the power of truth to help transform human beings. Truth delivered without love and compassion leaves the recipient lost and disconnected from help, cut off from the nourishment that is God, given through human beings.
Love and truth, joined together in a human being is also the realization of God in the human being. We see both love and truth revealed to us in the person of Jesus Christ. By his own words he expresses his purpose in the world—to bear witness to the truth—and simultaneously expresses God’s complete love for the world and humankind. The promises spoken by Jesus are valid and binding through the expression of love. Jesus Christ is the full realization of God in a human being.
We give thanks to you God for the love and truth that come to us through the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Help us to become one with Christ just as love and truth are joined together in his being. When we express love, help us to also express the truth, and when we express truth, help us to deliver it with compassion. Help us to overcome our fear when it is the truth that will help transform us. Help us to overcome our isolation through the love that brings us into the right relationship with each other. May love and truth keep us united with your presence in the innermost part of our being. When we are separated from you through sin help guide us back to an awareness of your presence. Teach us your wisdom and faith through our encounters with love and truth. We pray in the name of Jesus, who revealed the unity of love and truth in his being. Amen.
From The Readings
2012-40 There is only one thing that I would say to Jeffrey now, and he already knows this, but there are times when he has to agree to consider his expression of his ideas or his concepts to make sure that he fulfills this guidance: and that is that the truth always creates turmoil because there are some people for whom the truth exposes selfishness and exposes lies—and they will fight back viciously, often with the first claim being truth. But this is the distinction that has to be made when truth is delivered with love—finding a way to deliver truth with compassion is what disarms the anger response to truth. Jeffrey often will have the tendency to lead or to push hard with the truth, but it is in making the connection to compassion—this is what is helpful.
2013-22 You will find tension between your own self-interest and what people perceive to be the greater good. Search carefully inside yourselves in order that you will be satisfied that the things you do will serve the higher good. The higher good is not always evident the first time you look. Use as your guide the criteria of love joined together with truth, along with the acknowledgment of your purpose and your intention. It is possible for all these to align properly.