Truth and Compassion

All of us want to be truthful. At the same time, we judge others by their actions, not intentions. How do we walk out God's truth and still not grow cold? This question plagues many in today's Christianity. The attempt at being relevant can compromise truth. Then some abandon truth altogether in the name of compassion.

How do we walk in both truth and compassion without compromising either? This is where wisdom becomes useful. Knowing that the Father wants truth in our inward parts should tell us something about Him. The Spirit is the Spirit of truth.

Psa. 51:6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
(Psalm 51:6 NKJV)

John 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
(John 16:13 NKJV)

Speaking the truth or even living following it can cause some friction with others. Knowing that friction is what is supposed to happen shocks people. Jesus said this.

Matt. 10:34 "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.
Matt. 10:35 For I have come to "set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law';
Matt. 10:36 and "a man's enemies will be those of his own household.'
Matt. 10:37 He who loves Father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
Matt. 10:38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
Matt. 10:39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
(Matthew 10:34–39 NKJV)

We are the salt meant to add the flavor of the Kingdom through righteousness living. If we lose this flavor through compromise, we are good for nothing.

Matt. 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
(Matthew 5:13 NKJV)

We can talk to the world compassionately, but we must not compromise. We are to speak the truth in love.

Eph. 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—
(Ephesians 4:15 NKJV)

We are to adhere to the truth but also share the love of Christ. For some, compromise the truth for the sake of being liked. Or it is to avoid being hated. Jesus told us that hatred would come for His name's sake. Why are we so shocked? The root of compromise might be a man-pleasing spirit or the fear of man.

There is a connection between the fear of man and social media. The need for clicks or the fear of being called a bigot can cause many to stray from the truth. Falsely believing that Jesus understands is a big mistake. When you know that truth makes people free, sharing truth takes on a more compassionate function.

John 8:31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
(John 8:31–32 NKJV)

Truth, to some, is a means to win an argument. Like boxers, they return to their corner and receive the cheers of their camp. The Kingdom is not that way. The truth is to help free the person and deliver them from lies that keep them captive in sin. This viewpoint is only sometimes shared among theologians. In our modern-day Pharisee environment, winning arguments is the goal. No wonder our harvest fields are left alone, and more focus is on building our camps.

Truth and compassion are not at odds with each other. They function in harmony in the Kingdom like power twins when the person has wisdom from the Lord. Remember, the harvest field is ripe.

Pastor L.

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1 Comment

Tenish Johnson - February 6th, 2023 at 3:36pm

Truth and Compassion the power twins. I appreciate this blog is very good and I've shared it with a few others one thing about it especially when we are ministering the real truth to our family.