“Be the voice of the truth”
Bible: 1 John 3,18
“Let us not love with words nor with tongues, but with deeds and with truth.”
Was something ever on your mind and you did not know how to tell the other? To tell the truth without hurting or shaming my counterpart can sometimes be a real tightrope walk. Then it may be good to keep telling yourself that “truth” and “love” belong together. Truth without love is cold and hurtful, love without truth is not sincere. This is also a basic message of the gospel. It depends on the attitude: when we start to take the other person seriously and meet him sincerely and lovingly, then we as a community can also create a new and better reality in which love and truth have their place and where every human being can grow. Then, we may also learn what the Bible elsewhere says, “The truth will set you free.” (John 8: 32) Then we can constructively address the “great” truths, such as pressing social injustices or ecological problems. If this is not a good intention for the preperation for Easter: give the truth a voice – but in love!