The Love-Hate Relationship We Have With Truth

Imagine the spontaneous laughter, when richard rohr ofm says, “before the truth sets you free, it tends to make you miserable. ” humour makes us laugh because it sounds absurd, but it is, of course, at the same time, 100 percent true. The truth about truth is we have a love-hate relationship with it.

But not before we suffer one or some varietal/s of indignity we never thought would feel so humiliating. That’s the christian journey into transformation we’re encouraged to continue to take. God is love.

Not only do we know that, but it’s in the bible. Both realities are true. His love wants the best for us at every point of our lives over our lifespan.

He requires us to wrestle with truth if we’re to love and be loved better. In the same way a romantic relationship proves its potential – that the partners’ commitment to each other remains strong through the harder going middle stages – love never ascends its potential unless both face truth. About the other person, most certainly.

About the relationship, yes. But about themselves, too. Truth has the power to license deeper manifestations of love.

Truth transforms, because it entertains the ugly bits that a shallow love would want to remain covered up. Truth requires courage to face what feels like an adversary, but it turns out to be an advocate. And there’s nothing we could do that would separate us from his love.

So don’t be scared of the truth, and certainly don’t be ashamed of or feel guilty for it. Be honest about it. Give yourself to the reception of truth and the powers of love will become you.

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