If You Love Me

If you love me, you know when I’m up to no good.  When, in some part of my life, I’m doing wrong. When I’m living like the center of my universe is a mirror instead of the Sovereign Lord.

It doesn’t matter if I’m sinning in secret or if I’m blatantly thumbing my nose at God: If you love me, you will see it.  And, if you love me, you will tell me the truth.

Maybe, you’ll be eager to do this. You’ll quickly turn the mirror of God’s Law on me, forcing me to view the darkness of my sin. Or, perhaps, you’ll be nervous that, by telling me the truth, you’ll be guilty of judging me. 

Either way, if you truly love me, you will tell me the truth.

Come to me alone, in private. Even if I am deliberately doing wrong and publicly showing zero remorse, privately, I’m ashamed. After all, God has set His Law in my mind and written it on my heart. Yet, I persist in doing wrong. Show your love for me by quietly acknowledging that you and I are united in one Spirit.

Resist the impulse to jump right into my wrong. I’m still hiding, embarrassed that I failed. Rather, humbly show me there is no difference. That you, too, have fallen short of God’s glory.

Walk with me to the spring of Living Water. Help me to see that, in digging my own broken cistern, I have forsaken God and His love that will ever-quench my thirst.

When you do all this, when you gently hold up the truthful mirror of God’s Law, even when both of us are looking in it together, be ready. I’m going to squirm and try to get away.

I might change the subject. I may try to charm you. I could give you the answer you want to hear. I may simply get up and leave. 

But, if you love me, you will bear me with patience. You will do this because you know that this is the process in which both of us grow up into the Head, into Christ. You will help me see that only when we are in Christ, do we live in truth. That only Christ can fix a broken cistern.

“But what if I’m squirming?” you might say. “What happens when both of us look into the mirror of God’s Law and I want to hide too?” 

That could happen, I guess. Both of us could give in to the temptation of this futile thinking. Both of us could deny the new thinking, the new selves that, through the Holy Spirit, we have put on in Christ.

But, as God tells us, it won’t happen if we lovingly tell each other the truth:

“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” {Ephesians 4:25}

If we do as God tells us, because He loves us, we will live in the Truth.  

See You In The Round,


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