​Loving Truth and Loving People

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.

Loving Jesus is the First Commandment. We make Him Lord through our loving and obedience. In the Second Commandment, Jesus exhorts us to love others as well.

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? 

  1. Love for people helps us know how to share.
    We will choose to share in love as God’s Word instructs (Ephesians 4:15).
  2. 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).

In conclusion:

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

8 thoughts on “​Loving Truth and Loving People

  1. Nice post Amanda.
    Truth is love. We love because He first loved us. When you have the love of Christ in you, you will approach EVERYONE with that same genuine love. God will make it so that your love and gentleness penetrate the heart of the person. Always let God’s light shine bright above our own.

  2. Great topic. So many times we trade truth for PC. I am grateful someone spoke truth to me years ago. It stung but it led me to accepting Christ. Speaking truth does not void out love. They can exist together. Thank you for your words and speaking truth.

  3. Was just discussing loving others regardless of how they look with my daughter today. many of us Christians don’t look past the outside… to even try and see what Jesus sees

  4. Thank you for writing this! Too many try to tell us truth is relative. God’s absolute truth is security to me and you’re right . . . it is the thing that makes loving people possible. Grace. Mercy. Love. Perfect truth. Great post!

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