“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” ~ I John 3:18
“Tell all the truth, but tell it slant” ~ Emily Dickinson
I often wonder which quote we most follow – the one from the Bible, or the one from Emily Dickinson’s poem.
In a world where spin is such a way of life that it actually forms the building blocks of some people’s jobs, it can be difficult to discern truth from almost truth. Or, as Emily D. says, truth told slant. Just like in a photograph, we all like to have our lives seen from the best possible angle. If that means leaving details out or glossing up the mediocre, then we go right ahead and do it.
Yet to be good representatives of Christ, we must show that we love people by telling them the truth. The actual truth. Our actions must line up with who we say we are. Pretending to be generous isn’t the same as actually being generous. Offering to help but never following through doesn’t mean we’re helpful. If we want to truly show Christ’s love, we must be who we say we are, and do what we say we’ll do.