Poetry

When Love Speaks

This “catchy” title has been spinning around in my mind for the past little while. I’ve been feeling quite muddled about the concepts of truth and love. I want my life to model that of Jesus and what the Bible teaches us. But sometimes in life we just get stuck, or muddled, or stuck in muddles. (Haha) 

The Bible says that God is Love (1 John 4:8) and equally that God is Truth (John 14:6).

I want my life to reflect that of Jesus. Knowing that you can’t have truth without love or love without truth, this here becomes the million dollar question: How do we Speak Truth in Love? 

It’s much easier to pick one or the other. But both?? That’s hard! That requires bravery, boldness, humility, patience….the list goes on. I’d rather tell myself that I’m “loving” someone by not actually speaking truthfully to them. Or, I’d rather speak 100% truth and not worry about whether it’s coming across in love. It feels like it’s getting even harder in our current culture of “anything goes”, and when disagreeing labels us a “hater”…

Again I pose the question, then: How do we Love, in Truth?

In my attempt to sort through this muddle, I wrote the following poem:

WHEN LOVE SPEAKS

When Love Speaks

Wisdom offers Humility center stage

And Pride is muted.

The microphone amplifies the sound

Of heart-felt vulnerability.

Through a bold and honest declaration:

TRUTH is DEFENDED

GRACE is EXTENDED

HOPE is INTENDED

Compassion covers offense

And sees the beauty of our fellow man.

Light shines in the darkness

When Love Speaks.

Healing and Restoration can grow

When Love Speaks.

Lives are changed for the better;

Relationships matter;

God’s heart is revealed;

His Name is glorified;

Heaven comes to earth;

When Love Speaks.

So that’s where I’m at. Sounds wonderful, yet I’m reminded how much we need Jesus’ help in walking this all out.

May each of us boldly step forward and Speak Truth in Love. And may our lives, relationships, and world be changed for the better in it.

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

August 7, 2019

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