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.