Truth and Love

March 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

The short second letter of John focuses on the relationship between truth and love.  Truth “lives in us and will be with us for ever” (v.2).  For John, to walk in the truth that lives in us and that is with us is not a new command, but the very same command as to walk in love (v.4-6).  The rest of the letter emphasizes that you can lose truth and love if you deny “Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh” (v.7).  John’s letter is consistent with the Gospel of John in proclaiming that the One who came as the fleshly Word (John 1) is “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).  Jesus Christ is the truth.  But He is also the embodiment of God’s love.  Truth and love is intrinsically related in Christ as God with us, among us, and in us.  But John is adamant that all of this will make no sense – will only be abstract theory about truth and love – if we do not love one another (v.5).  Truth is not the theoretical propositions of ideologies which we often use to divide people with our judgments of right and wrong, but rather the treatment of others with the merciful, loving acceptance of God.  Who is God sending you to today to walk with in truth and love?

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