When my wife, a person I love with all my heart, asks me if I like her new hair style, how do I truthfully respond if I don’t? Remember the quote, “truth without love is reckless and abusive”? I don’t wish to hurt my wife’s feelings. But the rest of that quote is equally challenging, “love without truth is sentimental and anemic.”
Sometimes it takes the wisdom of Solomon to parse the truth in love. Sometimes it takes the courage of David and the strength of Samson to love in full truth. But it always takes the spirit of Jesus, who is equally full of both truth and love, to teach us how to do each well.