November 12

Written by Bill Grandi on November 12th, 2019

My title for this devotion is Truth or Love vs Truth and Love.

I just finished reading a new book by Steve Brown called Talk the Walk. As I came to the end he had the following quote from C.S.Lewis:

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrong and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all dangers and perturbations of love is hell. (Pages 140-141)

Followers of Jesus have always struggled with truth and love. Some want to love without reservation; some want truth without reservation. One is harsh; the other is mushy. We need both. That is a scary combination when you think about it. Talk about radically changing us and our world!

Most are good at one or the other. It takes a special person-one sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit-to pull them both off. All truth and no love is legalism; all love and no truth is mere sentimentalism; love and truth together will change lives. Starting with mine.

“Father, help me to see it doesn’t have to be either/or. It can be “and.” Help me to live out a life of truth and love-being radically changed within and then watching you transform my world.”


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S says:

    Powerful… God may you challenge me to have a balance of Love and Truth when it comes to how I respond to my enemies, my friends, my family… and my self.

  2. Yes, Bill, it is definitely a delicate, but most necessary, balance when it comes to truth and love. One cannot be fulfilled without the other. May God help us reconcile them both.

  3. Wow, Bill! This is so powerful…I read it and reread it. I’m sitting here meditating on your words and CS Lewis’. Wow! Thank you, Bill!

  4. floyd says:

    If God can endure the hate of those He loves, I guess we should be able to gird or loins spiritually too…