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The truth and love of God is necessary for a healthy and balanced life as a believer – for individuals and communities also. This will be the guarantee to the growth on the way of faith and to reach maturity in time and to bear fruits too.
„I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” – says Jesus in John 14:6.
Jesus determines His own identity by three things:
- the WAY,
- the TRUTH and
- the LIFE (eternal life).
Of course there is no denial about Jesus filling the Great Commandment of the Love also, which He defined as the summary of the Law and the Prophets.
The Scripture speaks of the relationship between Truth and Love as the basics of growing up in Christ:
„ ….speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” (Eph. 4:15)
Of this we can see the contact between truth and love, and we can draw the following conclusions:
- here are two things belonging together and complementing one-another,
- therefore truth doesn’t exist without love and there is no love being from God without accomplishment of truth,
- then we see, that the Truth needs to be first, renewed by the Holy Spirit and followed by love, for love means the accomplishments of all of truths or commandments.
The so called ‘love’ which doesn’t demand the accomplishments of all of truths aren’t the love according to God, consequently is ‘false’ love. To put a false love like this as the basic or the fundament of Christianity is also a false, unapproved act. It is rather a misunderstanding which results in false Christianity. The Scriptures doesn’t speak about love being the basic of believers’ life. It speaks about the love as a characteristic sign of the true Christianity. The question is: what kind of love is God talking about?
If we make compromises in accepting the Scripture as the full truth, we will depart the way of truth and in that case we eventually expose ourselves to serious deception.
Only our devotion to the full truth can protect us from deception.
Living in truth is not compatible with compromising with sin, and loving the truth goes hand-by-hand with hating sin.
„Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” (Heb. 1:9).
Though Jesus accomplished the Law, he didn’t demand the death of sinners, because He brought grace for them. He didn’t want the death of an adulterous women but he told her very clearly: „go, and sin no more”. Jesus has never been complicit or opportunist with sin, but hated sin explicitly.
Take a look at Great commandment of the Love! We find that Loving God with all our soul, love and force in the first place, and loving our fellow-men is only at the second place. The changing of this order defined by God would be a great mistake, because we have to learn first of all to love God to be able to love our fellow-men according to God. After filling the commandment of loving God, and acknowledged what it means are we enabled to love our fellow-men with God’s love and not a false human ‘love’.
Jesus told us clearly what it means to love HIM. We can present our love to HIM if we are keeping his commandments:
„If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” (John 15:10.)
Nobody can say he loves God while leading a sinful life, whereas God hates sin!
Only on one condition can we be secured in God’s love (and in Jesus who is the embodied Scriptures), and walk in His love: If we keep His commandments completely. We need to love others with this love which can not be compromised with sin.
If someone claiming to be a believer doesn’t walk in the Truth and even after learning the truth remains in his sin, he is walking in a false direction and the Word warns us not to be in community with that person.
In the Scripture we see that walking in the truth without compromise is advised and this is the foundation of walking in real love too. This doesn’t give us the right to mix true and false things, but much rather calls us for separating them, as Jesus is doing and will do also. We see Him „with winnowing shovel in his hand” to separate the true one (seed) from the false one (glumes). The members of Jesus’ Church need to be in communion with the truth lovers of God, the holy ones (without sins), the haters of sin, those who clean themselves of their sins. As Jesus Himself is the Truth, the Holy Spirit sent by Him also came to represent the Truth and judge the sin, to awaken repentance and a will to stay on His ways. This is not a way made easy and broad by tolerances and ideologies for masses. Rather is it a „strait gate” where only a few enter, and even less walking on „the narrow way” afterwards. Wanting to make the narrow path acceptable for sinful masses is an impossible task, and we are only fooling ourselves with this idea. This deceit will surely come to light at one point but it might be too late then! It is better to lead our lives truthfully by cleansing ourselves so we won’t face a surprise in the last day as many of those believers and servants of God will, who make wonderful acts, as in Matthew 7. Jesus warned us of His way of judgment in advance and it seems that His ways differ from our ideas.
God’s love has to call forth repentance and conversion opposed to searching compromises and facilitations. We still have time, but not for long. Don’t wait until the place of conversion could not be found anymore. Everything needs to serve God’s glory. Human opinions don’t matter anything, because „not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ mint” (Eph. 6.6)
Let’s practice God’s saving love by warning our fellow-believers to depart from sin, by telling them to depart of their sinful ways of living which will eventually lead them to hell. Don’t stay silent about these things, because if so, you will share in their judgment. If your warning will not be heard you have no other choice than „come out of her”:
„And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues”: (Revelation 18:4.
„For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim. 2:3-4)
If we are walking in the truth of God, then the believers will light both individually and commonly and God’s people will really become as “the town built on the mountain” which will light in the darkness. God’s people can’t look like the world! There has to be a visible/feel able difference between the world and God’s people! Jesus paid great price for us! If we, as Christians allow ourselves to lead similar lives to the world, Jesus’ offering has no worth to us. Those who really walk in HIM, those will be in such unity with Jesus’ Headship and the leading of Holy Spirit that such communion will differ from all of other human communities or congregations. As well as heaven and earth or heavenly and earthly things differ from each-other. In such Christian community the world could finally see Christ and call believers Christians because they can present Jesus authentically.
Only a truly believer life can bear the fruits of Spirit as love, which is never the fruit of human effort. This kind of love will be a sign what appears among the believers walking in truth. This supernatural love will be seen by God-searching people, and will direst them to give all glory to God, and give them the desire to follow God too.
This is the love that this verse is talking about:
„By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.” (John 13:35)
One picture about the relationship of truth and love:
Earlier when I meditated before the Lord on the relationship between of truth and love the Lord gave the parable of arrow to me:
The arrow consists of three parts:
– on the fore-part of the arrow is a hard, sharp, metal „point”,
– on the other end there is a „soft plumage”,
– and these two things are linked together strongly by a relatively short and light rod.
The „point” of fore-part of arrow represents the truth and the „plumage” the love. The rod shows that these two things are inseparable.
The light „plumage” helps to keep the arrow on its flight and to reach the target. The three parts of the arrow are building up in an indivisible unity and on that way can it fulfill its role correctly. When the archer missed the target, it was said long time ago: „sin” i.e. missing the mark.
What can we learn from this?
It is impossible to shoot with the arrow without the fore-part (truth), because the fore-part needs to pull the arrow towards the target. In order to get the fore-part safely to the target there is unconditional needed to be a light „plumage” (love), which helps the fore-part to reach the goal?
Translated into English by Anna Török
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