Love Rejoices In Truth

Jenny ThompsonPosted on Monday, February 11, 2013 by Jenny Thompson

Do you remember as a child deliberately telling a lie? Somewhere inside you felt really bad. However, as soon as you told the truth you felt so much better! My mother always used to say “honesty is the best policy”. Jesus said of himself,

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

As believers, we are to rejoice in the truth and the fact that God has revealed the truth of His love to us.

In 1 John 4:7-21, John the Apostle was writing to the local churches in order to encourage the believers to love one another and to correct some wrong teaching. Some people said that they loved God, but they did not really love one another. If we love God, we will love other people. If we do not love our Christian brothers and sisters, we do not love God. Our love for one another shows that we love God.

We love because God loves us. God’s love in us makes us able to love each other. This is the test of our love for God. To John, either we love or we hate. To hate here means anything less than pure love, and love will always show itself in actions.

As believers who love one another, we are not to pass wrong judgement on one another, which is for the purpose of putting down others in order to exalt ourselves. Jesus clearly forbids this! It is the wrong habit of finding fault in others when really there are more faults within ourselves. How can we expect to help a person with a few sins when we are overwhelmed with loads ourselves?

Jesus simply teaches in Matthew 7:1-5 that in order to pass righteous judgment on one another, we ought to first examine ourselves. Jesus does not forbid us to have an opinion about other people. But we must not make a judgement and blame them.

God alone is the perfect judge. He knows the reasons why people do the things they do.

It is very easy to blame other people. You see, we have no idea what kind of an early life people have had, whether they suffered abuse, or were fatherless etc! We do not know a person’s circumstances or thoughts in the way that God knows them. Even if we did know people’s hearts, we would be in no position to judge unless we had lived sinless lives, never needing God’s forgiveness.

So, God will judge us the way we judge others! What a warning!

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults — unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging!” (Matthew 7:1 MSG)

Sadly, we also tend to rationalise away our guilt by making excuses for the way we behave, but not that of others guilt, and so we have this double standard!

Are we living lives of love, or are we quick to pass judgement on one another completely forgetting that we are not in a position to judge anyone because we fail and only Jesus knows what is going on in each person’s heart?

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