Compassion Without Truth, Truth Without Compassion


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The Mean Teacher

There are issues that could go both ways, there is no absolute truth, the truth in those cases is subjective. However, we can’t ignore the fact that truth does exist. There are things that can’t go both ways; there are things that are one way or the other, no middle ground.

The root of all truth is found in God’s Word, not in philosophy, ideologies, political affiliations, etc. Truth comes from God; lies come from the devil. Proverbs 12 tells us, “Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.” (KJV)

In contrast to God’s character and nature John 8:44 tells us about the devil, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (KJV) There is a lie and there is truth.

I learn a long time ago that truth without compassion is an open door for confusion. Truths is necessary, love also delights in truth according to First Corinthians 13. The most explicit warning is found in Isaiah 5:20, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (NKJV)

We as Christians are call to speak up. But we must also understand that the Gospel itself is offensive. The ticket to salvation is to first confess our condition as sinners; we must repent! However, in a society where everybody claims to have the truth and everybody claims to be right, where do we go? We go to the Word, that’s the standard!

Now there is a second warning I want to also mention. Second Corinthians 3:5-6 tells us, “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (NKJV) This Bible has also being used wrong through history. We must approach the Bible as a Spiritual book and for its interpretation and for revelation we MUST inquire the vital assistance of the Holy Spirit.

Just as compassion without truth is bad; perhaps truth without compassion is worst. I have being guilty of giving out truth in a harsh way; God is dealing with me in that area. That is because it gives a bad testimony of the character of God.

We confront sin with a sincere heart to see the other person reconcile with God, not to shame them publicly and brag about it. I don’t have any problem telling a man cheating on his wife that he is sinning; but I will also encourage him to repent, to stop and, I would try to help him in restoring his marriage. My God is a judge, but my God is also merciful and that is the balance; compassion with truth and truth with compassion.

 

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

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