Summer Soak: Love Rejoices With the Truth

Happy Tuesday! Let’s gather together here on the blog or with sisters in community and discuss rejoicing in truth.

Did truth sink in slow and take it’s time with you? Or maybe you felt knocked around a bit? Let’s take time to share our story, His story in us, and rejoice in truth.

Stacy says:

It’s happened more than once in the last few months. Two different people, two different circumstances, but the same theme.

This man I don’t really know. We are not friends, we don’t talk politics or religion for that matter. But once in a while our paths cross and this time he made the statement.

I’m positive we are polar opposites when it comes to our stance on politics, and I don’t want to offend you.

I whispered gently, Be careful what you assume you know about someone.

Long after the conversation, I was still mulling it over in my mind. In fact, I was a little offended. As I questioned my own offense I realized something. Making assumptions, whatever they are based on, does not rejoice in truth.

I’m guilty of it myself. I assume I know truth based on social media posts, how someone looks, or acts. I make assumptions every single day, and it keeps me from loving… keeps me from knowing the truth.

Peter assumed he knew the truth about the Messiah. He thought he knew how it all was supposed to go down. When Jesus told the truth, Peter rejected it, even rebuked Christ.

It happens to us too. We think we know, but we don’t. And it keeps us from loving God and others. Rejoicing in the truth is driving me to put down my assumptions about God and others, and ask the hard questions. Truth bubbles up as I listen and learn. It sets me free. Free to embrace God’s truth and love others the way He loves them.

Carol says:

His truth has been working its way into me for a couple of decades now. Ever since He captured my heart, I’ve been seeking Him in His Word striving to know Him and obey Him.

He has revealed unbelief, wrong attitudes, and sinful behaviors. If His way of truth wasn’t so transformative and freeing, I’d be one of the walking wounded.

The week’s memory verse contains much truth in and of itself.

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart…

1Peter 1:22

Obedience to the truth purifies our souls and enables us to love with a sincere brotherly love, with which we are to love others earnestly from a pure heart (with right motives).

When we understand Jesus as Truth — His reality in creating all and loving all enough to die for them — and base our lives on this truth, we suddenly become connected to ALL by His grace, whether they have received it or not.

Believing the Truth and living by the truth transforms us and frees us to love just as He calls us to. Deeply. Affectionately. Sacrificially.

We hope you’ll share with us your experience and revelation of truth by using the comment box at the end of the post. You can find it by clicking on the post title and scrolling to the bottom.

Only two more aspects of love to soak up. Next, Protect & Trust.

Have a great week!

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