October 3, 2016

Truth and Love

No matter how it is spoken, truth is love.

Joel Osteen speaks really sweetly, and jokes, and Joyce Meyer speaks with humor, and passion, and others are funny, and sweet, and jokey, and some rail, and shout, and get all excited, but if what they are saying is not truth, then no matter how it comes out of their mouth, and no matter if it makes you feel warm and cozy, and/or makes you laugh, if it is not the pure truth, then it is not love, for truth sets free, and when it is spoken, and when the hearer responds, then they are free, and they will be grateful that it was, and is spoken, be it with vigor, or quietly, or however.

If moving traffic is about to plunge over an embankment that they cannot see, then they will have wished that someone was screaming at them to warn them after they have plunged into chaos.

If someone is screaming at them to watch out, and they refuse to listen because they don't like screaming, then they are foolish, and have let their feelings get in the way of truth.

Speak truth.

Don't sugar-coat it.

And those, who know it (Him), do speak it.

II Timothy 4:2 tells us that a time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine.

This type person is in church almost always.

They will want their ears tickled, and they will like the sermons to be light, and good-feeling.

They will accumulate teachers for themselves that teach according to what they want to hear.

They will only listen to certain types, and will be lulled to slee by the sweetness.

They will have no fire in their belly for the gospel, and will not be fervent in prayer.

They will be fervent about getting what they want.

They will listen to those who teach that they can have whatever they want, because that always sounds good, and those with tickled-ears will want to be fulfilled as if knowing God is not enough.

They will want their desires filled (the American dream), and will reject the truth of Scripture.

They will not die to self moment-by-moment, but will live according to how they feel.

They will turn away from truth to myths (unproven, or false collective belief, like yoga, meditation, and the latest way to relax, and get over fear, and they are overly concerned with what they eat, and how they exercise as if that makes one whole, and the gospel is not on the tip of their tongue, for it is foreign to them, and they fall for the latest, and greatest message put out by so-called Christians).

Sound familiar?

Those who speak sweetly, and include 'some' truth with their lies, are the ones described in this verse:

"Though I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not love, I am a noisy gong, or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing," II Cor. 13:1-3.

This verse is not talking about anyone who truly knows God, and speaks the truth, for those who know God speak the truth of him with patience, and gentleness, and long-suffering.

You will know that you do not have love, if when after you speak what you believe to be the truth, you then proceed to reject, and hold at arms-length those who do not comply, and agree with you.

If you are saying, "My way or the highway," then you have not love.

You will speak truth when you know it, and those hearing it will do something with it.

They will take it and walk the narrow road, or they will reject it and continue on the wide highway.

In the meantime, you will go on loving, if you know God.

The "noisy gongs and clanging cymbals" are the false teachers.

What they proclaim sets no one free.

They are nothing when it comes to spreading the gospel.

They are not speaking it.

Remember, when someone does not accept the truth that you speak, then it is not because of how you have said it, but because they prefer darkness to light (John 3:19).

Those, who know truth, do not sit around practicing what to say, for they know truth, and they don't sit around practicing how to say it, for they are filled with love, and they will speak with love.

Those, who are still in darkness, and upon hearing truth, will have "issues" going on inside them.

Will they give up on their hate, and agree with God concerning it?

Will they argue?

Will they continue in their sin?

That is not the responsibility of the one telling the good news.

The heart of each person is wooed by the Holy Spirit.

What part do those, who know God, play?

They are his workmanship created for good works, and the good that they do is done by him through them, and they boast not, but long for heaven, and they are aliens on this earth.

Are you, and do you speak truth, and do you know it when you hear it?

Or are you with the many who prefer myths, and new age philosophy, and new ways of teaching?

Are you grounded in the Truth, or do you sway from this, to that, and look for the next big name in "Christian" speakers, and authors, who attract many, and their teachings are sprinkled with lies, and it takes only one lie for the whole message to be false.

In the Old Testament days, prophets who spoke ONE falsehood were to be stoned— to death.

That's how important truth is to God.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light.

Do you follow him, or gurus of any sort, who have made a name for themselves, and lots of money in the process, and know this, they will ALWAYS teach that you must DO something after salvation in order to become MORE like Jesus, and that even after knowing Jesus, there is MORE somehow.

Never is there more than knowing God, through Christ, and repentance.

Repent of your sins.

Agree with God concerning them once and for all time.

Or do you think that you agree with him, and then tomorrow you won't agree with him?

Those who love him, obey him always (I John 5:3), and his commands are not burdensome.

So why don't you keep them?

Scripture says it is because you love darkness (John 3:19).

I can say that with a smile on my face, and I can whisper it, and most times I want to shout it.

In any form, it is still truth.

I speak it because I love him who loved me first.

And I love you, and I always will no matter what.

That is the truth.

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