Speaking the Truth in Love

I don’t think you can choose truth over love, because if you sacrifice love you have not understood the truth.

They are mutually inclusive, and setting up a hypothetical situation in which one is asked to choose between truth and love is creating a false dichotomy. Going even further and saying you would choose one over the other is, in my mind, evidence of disordered priorities.

Sure, there may be certain circumstances in which truth or love should be emphasized over the other as a corrective to error, but both are always necessary. Truth is nonnegotiable, but so is love.

As John Frame points out, Reformed churches often emphasize what have historically been considered the marks of the church (preaching of the Word, administration of the sacraments, and church discipline) while forgetting that Jesus told us that the most important mark of the church is love (John 13:35).

    • Daniel Kerr
    • July 3rd, 2011

    I like your post Rick.

    I would like to add something my pastor noticed, however: you can speak the truth without love but you cannot really love without speaking truth. Hence, he reversed his lifetime oppinion that truth was to be the primary focus-if one had to choose- over love. After all, Love is the fulfillment of the law and the greatest (above wisdom: 1cor 13, re the unity of the body).

    Love unites entities toward goals, without which there may not be any coherence or unity of being.truth would be an accurate description of such a state.

    Practically speaking though, I think it is still clear that I need to strive for love above truth. I need to be able to be caring even before I need to be right.

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