The two things Christians need more than anything these days are truth and love.
Arguing about Bible prophecy or other controversial doctrines isn’t love. We do need to talk about these issues, but we need to blanket the conversations in love.
If you just have truth and no love, you aren’t attractive, no one will listen to you. 1 Corinthians 13:1
If you have all love and no truth…what good is that? Tolerating sin in the name of love, isn’t love at all.
We need to proclaim the truth, and be a people known for our love and grace. With the Lord, we can balance these two things, we can be a people used by the Him to change hearts…Just as Jesus, who came in love, proclaimed grace and truth to a lost world. John 1:17
Don’t let your love grow cold…your love for the Lord and truth, and your love for the lost. Matthew 24:12
1 John 2:5, “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.”
3 Jn. 1:3-4 “For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
Ephesians 4:15, “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”
The Day of His Sympathy
by C.H. Mackintosh
“The three Nazarites, Shadrach, Mechach, and Abednego, walked with God in the king’s palace; and God walked with them in the king’s furnace. And is it not worth passing through a fiery furnace to enjoy a little more of the presence of the Lord Jesus, and the sympathy of His loving heart? Is not a furnace where He is better than a palace where He is not? Nature says, “No!” Faith says, “Yes!”It is well to bear in mind that this is not the day of the Lord Jesus’ power; but it is the day of His sympathy . When passing through the deep waters of affliction, the heart may, at times, feel disposed to ask, “Why does not the Lord display His power, and deliver me?” The answer is, This is not the day of His power. He could avert that illness–He could remove that difficulty–He could prevent that catastrophe–He could preserve that beloved and fondly cherished object from the cold grasp of death. But, instead of putting forth His power to deliver, He more often allows things to run their course, and pours His own sympathy into the oppressed and riven heart, in such a way as to elicit the acknowledgement that we would not, for worlds, have missed the trial, because of the abundance of the consolation (2Cor.1:4-6).
Such is the manner of the Lord Jesus just now. By and by He will display His mighty power; He will come forth as the Rider on the white horse; He will unsheath His sword; He will make bare His all-powerful arm; He will avenge His people ( Israel ) and right their wrongs forever. But now His sword is sheathed, His arm covered. This is the time for making known the deep love of His heart, not the power of His arm, nor the sharpness of His sword. Are you satisfied to have it so? Is the Lord Jesus’ sympathy enough for your heart, even amid the keenest sorrow and the most intense affliction?The restless heart, the impatient spirit, the unsubdued will, would lead one to long
for escape from the trial, the difficulty, or the pressure; but this would never do. It would involve incalculable loss. We must pass from form to form in the school; but the Master accompanies us, and the light of His countenance, and the tender sympathy of His heart, sustain us under the most severe exercises.
What remains? Just this: live unto the Lord Jesus Christ! Seek to be faithful to the One who is your very Christian life. Be not discouraged by the fragmentary state of everything around you. Let the example of Daniel and his honored companions encourage your heart to seek after an elevated course here below. It is your privilege to enjoy as much if not more, of companionship with the Lord Jesus, as if you were cast amid the best days of apostolic testimony.”