Today's Reading: 2 John, 3 John
John likes three things...talks about them all the time.
I think if he were writing his mission statement, these would be his opening words: Faith, Truth and Love.
He puts truth above hope.
Paul likes the hope word, probably because of all of his persecution and suffering.
John likes the truth word, probably because of his focus on love.
Love without truth is really not love at all. A lot of us withhold truth from people we "love" because we think it might "hurt" them. But without truth, we are really deceiving ourselves.
Truth without love is a killer. It is cold judgment no one can hear. It grates on the very one who needs the truth.
It takes a lot of faith to speak the truth in love. We have to want more for the one we love than for ourselves.
And that is always hard.