Oftentimes, we argue what we call “truth”, we have our truths and what we hold to be true eventually becomes a lie or half-truth for another person. For example, to some people, an example of truth is that the man and the woman are equals and to another person, it is a lie, while to another person, it is a half-truth.
The truth up there which is another person’s lie is subject to arguments and the one who sounds more intelligent or more convincing takes the day. It is like two lawyers fighting for their clients, they aren’t necessarily fighting to get justice, they are fighting to defend their client but that is what they call justice! So, justice for one lawyer means jailing the other person who offended his client, while for another person it is exonerating his client, the accused, of every accusation.
In the law court, it becomes a show of intelligence, oratory prowess and logic. This is exactly what is wrong with the world system. What is true in this culture becomes untrue in that culture, what is right in this culture becomes wrong in another culture. We see the same thing happen in Churches, we argue over doctrines, argue over opinions and dogmas because we see things from diverse perspectives and will always have a hard time seeing things the exact same way.
Well, God isn’t expecting us to see things the same way automatically, he is not displeased when we engage in honest and healthy debates, he is not disturbed when we even argue the Bible to gain more clarity. However, we do not determine God’s truth, he is the one who determines it by himself. The truth is not separable from God’s language.
God’s truth is not determined by how bad or good we feel about it, it is not determined by how logical or illogical we sound. It is not determined by our “deep” and oratory prowess. God’s truth is not subject to our opinion, acceptance or rejection. God’s truth is not established by the endorsement of Popes, Bishops, Celebrities or Facebook superstars.
Sometimes, we concern ourselves so much with the deep things of the scriptures that we ignore or overlook the basic part that we do not have to search over and over again to understand. God’s truth is found in simple things, perhaps, we could get a deeper insight when we search deeper but any deep insight that isn’t hinged on this truth becomes questionable.
God’s truth is love. It is his language and more so, his personality. Love is not an opinion, it is not a suggestion, it is a command, not just a command, but the greatest command. This means that of all commands given or approved by God, all are subject to love. Jesus said
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
The implication of this is that of every revelation, of every doctrine, of every opinion, of every debate, of every spiritual exercise, of everything we have ever done, do or will do in the name of God, when sincere love is lacking, then it is not about God neither does he recognize it. Love is how to get God involved even in the affairs relating to you and your enemies. Jesus said
“love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:44-45
It has nothing to do with what or how you feel, it has nothing to do with what you think is right or wrong. It can never be right when love is lacking. God is not interested in all your sacrifice, efforts, good works and charity where love is lacking. He is not interested in your sound doctrine that is enveloped in hatred for others. Love is indeed how to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect.
“Beloved, let us love one another because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8
Love is how I checkmate myself to know if I am walking in the truth or living a lie, it is how I call myself to order and align myself in God’s desires for me. The essence of all the things we do as believers, in our evangelism, Bible study, Church services, Morning Prayers and so on is not to convince God into bringing us to heaven or to convince him into releasing money to us but to learn and grow in our love walk and to also spread this same love.
Some days ago, the Spirit of God said to me, “love is knowledge applied”. I have always taught that love is not a feeling but a decision but now I know even better. More than a decision, love is the “knowledge applied”, an informed decision.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and exult in the surrender of my body, but have not love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
It is possible to speak in the tongues of men and angels and have no love. It is possible to delve into the prophetic without love, it is possible to speak mysteries including ‘mysteries of love’ without actually walking in love. It is possible to walk in miracles and not walk in love.
So, you see, my friends. We do not determine the truth merely by our sound doctrines, working of miracles and other gifting but by our sincere love and passion for God, the body of Christ and the people around us. If it is not hinged on love, then it is not the truth. The lie, of course, lacks the ability to hinge on love.
There is are different perspectives to love, there are no conditions attached. Love is the language and the truth of God.
Christ is the truth–‘his love is shed abroad in our hearts.’ He gave his life to give his life.
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