There’s a tension we may experience between truth and love: telling someone the truth doesn’t always seem loving, and sometimes loving people can feel as though it comes at the expense of telling the truth. It’s easy to embrace one while neglecting the other. Yet, Jesus navigates this tension masterfully. Following His example, we can learn to speak the truth in love to a world that desperately needs both truth and love.

What are some things you value in a friend? Think of who you’d consider to be your best friend. What are things about them you liked right away? What are some things you came to value about them over time?

Have you ever been in a situation where you had trouble telling the truth to someone you love? What made it difficult to tell them the truth?

Is there anyone in your life right now you’re having difficulty with? Take some time to list as many things that you have in common with this person as possible. How have your feelings about that person changed as you made that list, if at all?

In 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, Paul writes about what love is. Could all of those attributes be said of truth as well?

Read John 8:11 again. What’s the difference between using the truth to condemn and using the truth to love?

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