Over the past few weeks, we’ve been taking a deeper look at what the Bible tells us about loving others as Christ would. Through Paul’s teachings to the church of Corinth, we learn how God has called us to love with truth and intention.
“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” —1 Corinthians 13:6
As Christians, our words are our bond. Just as our Father shows His love for us by never breaking His promises, we on Earth must also love others well by standing by our own promises. God calls us to act and speak “in the name of the Lord,” which begins by practicing honesty, truthfulness and integrity in all that we do (Colossians 3:17).
Paul clearly lays out ways for us to exhibit Christ-like love, but he never says that it will be easy. Loving people to the fullest means there will be times that we should tell the truth even when it’s hard.
Just like practicing patience, acting and speaking truthfully can be difficult when human nature comes into play. We live in a deceptive world, and God’s truths can become hidden behind the lies of the enemy. Many times in the Christian walk, we are tempted not to tell the truth because sometimes lying is easier than speaking honestly. Sometimes we lie in fear of punishment or confrontation. Other times we lie because we are trying to avoid the pain that can accompany truth. Proverbs 27:6 tells us, “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”
Additionally, Proverbs 12:22 tell us, “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight." As we see in both Proverbs and 1 1 Corinthians, truthfulness brings delight to the Lord and it’s a reason to rejoice. We please our Father when we avoid hypocrisy, keep our word and share the truth found in His Word. Honesty is always the best policy, because it is a God-honoring way to spread love to those around us in the name of the Lord.
If we feel we’re acting in a way that’s deceptive or dishonoring to someone else, we must put ourselves in his or her position. Just as we expect truth from others, we should love others with truth. Remember the simple but important verse: “Treat others the same way you want to be treated” (Luke 6:31).
To love deeply and authentically, we must love with courage to practice truthfulness in all of life’s situations. Even as we face conflict or hardships, we must remember that we honor our Father when we speak truth and act with honesty. As a result, the Lord will be delighted and we are able to rejoice in the peace that accompanies pure, honest actions. In the end, truth is always victorious over lies, especially the truth that comes from God.
As we begin the weekend, let us strive to love others truthfully and honestly, pleasing our perfect Father. Will you rejoice in truth over the coming days?