The aged apostle John wrote 3 short little letters toward the end of the new Testament. In the 13 verses of his second little letter, the word love appears 5 times, and the word truth appears 5 times.
Pretty neat balance, wouldn’t you say? A marriage made in heaven, don’t you suppose? Truth and love. The two go together. It sure beats this phony marriage you hear so much about these days – “love and tolerance.” Have you noticed how people play matchmaker with those two words – “love and tolerance?” The idea is that love means tolerating evil, that all lifestyles are OK, that the truth really doesn’t matter. The Bible says that love is the fulfilling of the commandments. Some folks interpret that to mean that love is the breaking of the commandments. The Bible says, “Love rejoices in the truth,” not in tolerating false doctrines, big or small, which eat like a cancer.
“Speak the truth in love,” says the Bible. Real love speaks the truth even when the whole world calls it hate speech. Real truth speaks out of genuine love for human souls, not from an arrogant desire to show others how right you are. The Bible says: “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. Paul says: “Cling to what is good; hate what is evil.” What we hate says as much about us as what we love. Outward union is no substitute for real unity based on the Bible. The marriage between truth and love is strong, sturdy, anchored in our Savior who has loved us all the way to a cross and back again.