Tuesday, April 28, 2009


The following is not robust historical-grammatical exegesis. I understand the context of 1 Cor 13 and spiritual gifts, but this is thinking more broadly about love and truth. Enjoy.
If love rejoices with the truth and this statement is in the middle of a litany of statements about love, doesn't that mean that every other principle about love should be seasoned with joy?

For example, if "love is patient" is a true reality and we already know that "love rejoices with the truth," shouldn't the patient-love combination include a demeanor of rejoicing? I'm thinking so.

One problem with all this is that the air we breathe redefines these two ideas. Love is painted primarily as sex and tolerance. And truth is whatever is true for you. This kind of "love" cannot rejoice with truth. Further, this kind of "truth" cannot be rejoiced in by love. The ideas of love and truth that are a happily married couple together in 1 Cor 13 are ideas of love and truth that stream from the personhood of God.

Therefore, biblically speaking, truth is absolute, but is not static. It is relatable. Furthermore, love is a source and a stream. "God is love. Love is from God" [1 Jn 4.7-8]. The deal is that both of these are defined on the basis of who God is and what He is doing. So, love doesn't rejoice with the truth if the definitions of "love" and "truth" are only our culture's.

Biblical love and biblical truth are the joyfully married couple. I would also say that the immediate consequence of divorcing love and truth is the absence of both.

I feel like this should resonate to how I think and live.

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