Have you heard anyone say that we should love people more than loving truth? I read this recently, yet I know from studying God’s Word that this is false. Hear me out for a moment. :)
We must love people but we also have to love truth.
God’s Word says that you and I must be lovers of the truth so we can avoid deception in the end times (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).
The question is often asked, what is truth? It’s not relative or decided by man. God’s determines truth; it is absolute and unalterable. Jesus defined Himself as the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6).
The Bible also says, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). So Jesus is both Love and Truth. You and I are called to love both.
John 3:16-17 helps define how to view people; it describes how God feels about them:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.“ (NKJV)
Jesus demonstrated the Father’s love, and we will love people more as we grow in loving Him and knowing His truth.
When paired, God’s love and truth help set people free rather than truth or love alone. How?
- Love for people helps us know how to share.
We will choose to share in love as God’s Word instructs (Ephesians 4:15).
- Love for truth helps us to know what to share.
When we know God’s truth, we will take action to see others set free (John 8:32).
As Christ followers, we grow as lovers of Truth Himself, Jesus, and what He stands for. Second, we aim to love people like He loves us.
“[Love] does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.“ – 1 Corinthians 13:6