Love Is… TRUTH!
Welcome to Day 8 of our “Love Is…” Series. So far, we’ve learned about patience, kindness, not being rude, jealousy, pride, being boastful, being demanding, irritability and forgiveness. I hope it is helpful and that you are learning something new, or at least brushing up on what you already know. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to either email me or put a comment in the section below.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
According to Merriam-Webster, the word “injustice” is defined as:
- unfair treatment: a situation in which the rights of a person or a group of people are ignored
- absence of justice: violation of right or of the rights of another
- an unjust act
According to Merriam-Webster, the word “truth” is defined as:
- sincerity in action, character, utterance
- the body of true statements and propositions
- capitalized Christian science: God
- in accordance with fact
Don’t wish bad for those you are not fond of.
You know that you have reached another level of maturity in love when you do not wish bad for your neighbor. Yes, we’ve all been hurt and offended several times in our lives, however, love never teaches us to wish for injustice to occur towards our enemies. We shouldn’t even have enemies if we are demonstrating a love that Christ pushes us to emulate. There should be no such thing. Yes, we claim that we have haters and all of that, but at the end of the day, if you show them some love, how do you know whether or not they will continue to be a “hater”. True story: I have a friend who had feuds with almost everyone when we were in middle school. If she said she didn’t like those girls, I also wouldn’t like them because I was that “ride or die” friend. I was not treating them fairly based on what my friend thought about them. After some time, I realized that they weren’t bad people at all and we actually all became friends. It was an absolute waste of emotion to even avoid becoming friends with them because even now, I talk to them a lot more than I do my actual friend.
Treat people equally.
Love does not discriminate. You can’t love one person and not love the other. In the same way, you can’t give bread to your friends and not give bread to the stranger begging on the side of the street. Love doesn’t work that way. Imagine if God came down to earth and only performed miracles on the disciples. Would you think that was fair? Would you be happy with that? Would we all be redeemed of our sins? Sometimes, we need to put ourselves in others’ shoes. We need to understand that if we were in their unfortunate position, we would want someone to do something thoughtful and nice for us. Don’t treat people with love based on your relationship with them. Treat them nicely and with fairness because at the end of the day, they are also God’s creation. God has a purpose for that individual and it’s not by accident that you’ve encountered them. Show love at all times to each and everyone. Be fair to them and stay away from maltreatment.
It’s very possible to love someone and not agree with what they do.
As a christian, you should be living your life in TRUTH. The truth is Jesus Christ. If anything you partake in contradicts His word, then you are partaking in what is considered a lie. An unfaithful path leads to destruction and I’m sure that’s not what we want for ourselves. Not only for ourselves, but we should also make it a point to be our brother’s keeper. If you have a friend or someone that you are cool with that is participating in activities that are contrary to the word of God, you should be able to tell them that they should think twice about their actions. When you have access to something that is good, you should want everyone to be able to tap into that as well. Make heaven enticing to your peers. Be the example they need in order to move away from their destructive paths.
The best thing you can do for someone is pray. The greatest way to show someone that you love them, is to pray for them. Prayer is the key to every bit of confusion, pain, hurt, anguish, and the rest. Prayer is the greatest medication to any sickness. If you’ve prayed for someone, you’ve done the absolute best thing for them. God is in control and everything lies in His hands. If you’re able to attach your disagreements in lifestyle to prayer, God will move His hand in a way that will shock you.
Food for thought: Love changes people. Love transforms and renews people. Yes, it’s only the Holy Spirit that can change people, but don’t forget that it’s through the Holy Spirit that we are able to truly love. When people do wrong or go down a path that is beneath them, it’s only love that will bring them back. Show them love at all times. Let them know that whenever they are ready to come back from their lifestyle, you will be there with open arms for them. Think back to the story of the Prodigal Son. Sometimes, people need to go down a wrong path in order to have Christ reveal Himself to them. Trust God and trust the process.
Honesty/Truth is required in a relationship.
What is the purpose of the relationship if you guys are untruthful and unfair to each other? Don’t you realize that when you are unfair to your spouse, you are unfair to yourself? You guys are one unit, and so whatever hurts your spouse will in turn hurt you . If you’re in a relationship, do you expect to get past that phase if you are not being truthful to each other? After some time, or at least when you date with the purpose of getting married, you should be able to talk about anything. It’s good to get into that habit so that there are no secrets. You should always be able to talk things through. You should not keep anything from each other, and you should not hinder each other from reaching your greatest potential.
Don’t keep secrets. Do not keep things from your spouse. Once again, you are a unit or a team. What your spouse knows should also be what you know unless you opt out of it. Surprises are an exception of course, but you should be free to talk about anything and everything with your spouse. Your spouse should always be number one after God. Work on that relationship before you put your attention towards something else.
Don’t keep things from your mate. Your relationship should have a very strong foundation in Jesus Christ, if you’re foundation is based on a lie, then you are setting up your relationship for failure. Don’t play with someone’s emotions or dare waste their time if you have no intention of being honest throughout the relationship. Get in the habit of saying what you feel from the beginning. Don’t let negative feelings fester and bear fruit that results in the demise of your relationship.
The truth always wins. Be fair and tell the truth. Love stays true this way. Put yourself in the shoes of someone else and see how you would feel if the tables were turned.
God loves you.