I saw Guilliani the day before he dropped out. He was very gracious and instead of ripping everyone to shreds, proved he was serious about stopping his campaign by commending all the other candidates. That's a whole topic in itself, but not what made me think.
Rudy commended Ron Paul specifically about how Paul had won all the polls about who won the debates. Which made me wonder why doesn't Paul get more votes. Which led me to Jesus.
Now you're thinking, "Ron Paul makes you think of Jesus?!?" Sort of.
I was thinking that at least as far as the truth goes, Paul does seem to have a good piece of it. If he is winning all these polls about who was most right in the debates, he must know what the right answers are. So why isn't RP getting more votes? He seems to know what he's talking about.
And it started me thinking about other groups who speak the truth. And yet, like Paul, people agree, but don't attend that particular church or group. Again, why? They are speaking the truth, right?
How one speaks truth will determine how effective you might be in swaying others to believe as you do. If you are the best debater and win all the arguments, but have not love, it is meaningless. If you can point out how badly others sin, but have not love, it is as a clanging gong. It will grate on peoples nerves. It will irritate them.
I don't know why Ron Paul isn't getting votes. Maybe there is some of that love that isn't showing through.
I don't know why some churches get less attenders and their congregation changes faces every few years. Maybe there isn't love showing through there.
Speaking the truth is a great thing. But not doing it in love, is like having salt that has no flavor. Might as well pitch it. It isn't doing its job.
So on this Groundhog's day, don't be afraid of the shadows. Hold fast to the truth, but don't forget why your doing it. Love your enemies. Love as God loves. He loved us while we were yet enemies. And when he shares his truth, try to figure out why he's doing it.
Think twice about they guy in the suit telling you about how rotten you are and try to see why he might be doing it.
After all, some people are voting for Paul, so there must be something there.
If the person really cares about you, they will treat you like an equal. Whether you deserve it or not. If they don't, you might want to ponder. And when you ponder, think about the love they haven't yet received. Sometimes the ones who speak the truth, forget the point of why they are supposed to be doing it.
Until all things are brought together in Him...,