Give The Truth In Love
 By W. C. Moore

    Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, is it nothing to us that people backslide in our very midst? If we were filled with the Holy Spirit as Godís Word tells us to be (Ephesians 5:18), rivers of Living Water would flow from us (John 7:37-39). We are at fault if we are not continually filled with Godís Holy Spirit.

    Yes, people might fail God. They might not be willing to meet Godís conditions, and so, like Ananias and Sapphira (Acts, chapter 5), they might have Godís judgment fall upon them. But they would not slip into hell before our very eyes without even being convicted of sin!

    "And when He [the Holy Spirit] is come, He will reprove [convict, convince] the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment" (John 16:8).

Where, Oh Where Are The Tears?

    Paul did not shun to declare all the counsel of God--but notice the love of God in his manner of presenting the unvarnished, untarnished, undiluted Word of God: "I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears" (Acts 20:27,31).

    Are we lifting up our hands toward God for those who fail (Lamentations 2:19), or are we pointing the finger of self-righteous scorn at them? (Isaiah 58:9).

    Oh, how our hearts should be grieved when anyone fails God! How we should cry out to God for them, and warn them day and night with tears! Fellow Christians, if you, if I were where we ought to be with God, perhaps those, or at least some of those whom we are secretly judging or condemning, would never have failed God as they have. Have we always loved our neighbors as ourself? Have we always prayed for them as we should have done? These are sobering, humbling thoughts if we will but look at the bald-faced facts.

    Jeremiah was grieved at the failure of Godís people, but he did not point the finger of scorn at them (Isaiah 58:9). "Mine eyes do fail with tears...my [heart] is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and [infants] swoon in the streets of the city. They say to their mothers, where is corn and wine? when they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured out into their mothersí bosom" (Lamentations 2:11-12).

    Have not weaker Christians looked to us older Christians who are mothers and fathers in Israel so to speak, for "corn and wine" in spiritual things, and have we not sometimes failed them? God help us!

    People need Godís eternal Truth given to them in the power of the Holy Spirit. Only the very truth of God can make people free (John 8:31-32). But the truth must be spoken with the very love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us (Ephesians 4:15; Romans 5:5).

    "By mercy and truth iniquity is purged" (Proverbs 16:6). Mercy and truth go together, and what God has joined together, let not man put asunder (Mark 10:9). "Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: so shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man" (Proverbs 3:3-4).

    We become a stench in the nostrils of God if we either withhold the truth because of human sympathy--honoring men above God, or because the giving forth of the truth will make us unpopular; or if we do give out the truth but in the wrong spirit, without mercy, without love.

    "Let all things be done by you in love (1 Corinthians 16:14). If you cannot do a thing in love--in real, genuine, pure, unselfish, holy love--then donít do it at all! No doubt that mote in my poor brotherís eye should be cast out. It is there undoubtedly and needs to be gotten rid of without a question and without delay. God knows that. But if I, in a harsh, critical, self-righteous, holier-than-thou spirit attempt to take that mote out of my brotherís eye I am liable to put his eye out and half kill him in the process. (See Luke 18:9-14; Isaiah 65:5).

    Christ, the Head of the Church (Ephesians 5:23), says, "Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brotherís eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and than shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brotherís eye" (Matthew 7:3-5).

Arise, Cry Out In The Night!

    "Their heart cried unto the Lord...Let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease. Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thine hands toward Him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street" (Lamentations 2:18-19). "Men ought always to pray, and not to faint...Shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily" (Luke 18:1-8).