You can tell the truth without love, but you cannot love without telling the truth.
"Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;"
I Cor. 13:6
The Bible word for the highest form of love is charity. Charity is described in detail in
I Corinthians 13.
True charity starts with loving God--trusting His Way. This love for God is possible because He first loved us.
I John 4:9-10
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Hearin is love, not that we love God, but that he loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sin.
In my own power I cannot truly love. I will be selfish even with my "good deeds". Love is received only when I have accepted the free forgiveness of sin through Christ's shed blood at Calvary. Faith in the death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus changes my heart.
Then, in the strength of God's grace, charity reaches out to others--under the umbrella of Truth. Jesus is the Truth, the Life, the Way.
I John 4:11
" Beloved if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."
Love and forgiveness for others is only possible once I recognize my own need for love and forgiveness. I claim God's promised love to me and want others to share the same joy.
The Christmas angels told of this joy to the shepherds: a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
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