When my wife, a person I love with all my heart, asks me if I like her new outfit, how do I truthfully respond if I don’t? Remember this quote from Martin Luther King, “truth without love is reckless and abusive”? You see, I don’t wish to hurt my wife’s feelings. However, 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. Yet, with the spirit of Jesus, who is equally full of both truth and love, we can learn how to do both, and do it well.
Take Away: Love always speaks the truth. Truth always speak it in love.