If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

I Corinthians 13:1 (Amplified)

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight.

Proverbs 11:1 (KJV)

The compassion, grace, mercy,

tenderness to speak the truth

in love is the ultimate true balance of

Christ-sourced truth, mercy, grace

and love. If we are honest, all Christians

one time or another have failed at this.

The truth presented without love can

indeed totally destroy and has sent

many a precious soul to hell. Love

presented without truth can indeed

mislead, deceive, and lead to heinous

way to common sugar-coated Biblical

compromise. Then too if we have the fear

of not speaking perfectly in perfect balance

and we do not speak at all, this indeed

is sin as well. For our, Savior calls us

to be proclaimers, not perfectionists.

So we do our best and rest in the

power of Christ in us and the Lord does

the rest. The “Not I but Christ” glorious,

golden, life-giving doctrinal reality can

indeed achieve this balanced grace, love,

truth, mercy-drenched proclamation of

the blessed, glorious, soul-saving,

hope and joy-producing gospel!

May this be where we all dwell.

And yet one senses that there are

way too many noisy gongs and

clashing cymbals whose intent is

to destroy a soul not to save a life

from the enemy’s grip. Such a rare

commodity is this gift of speaking

the truth in love! And yet we all

must strive for this. For the Lord says

a just weight is our Savior’s delight.

Lord, give us just the right balance

between speaking the truth in

love so we can indeed be a truth

and love balanced Kingdom dweller

as we strive to be more like thee,

a light, saturated in your love and

your divine, Holy, inerrant truth

in an ever-darkening world.