What is love?
The question, "What is love?" brings to mind another question, "What is truth?" Reflecting on these two questions should cause us to ponder, "What is true love?" Let's answer each of these, beginning with...
What is Truth?
This is perhaps the most important question we can ask ourselves. Without truth we have nothing but confusion and deception. A foundational absolute truth is the only way to make sense of our lives and the world in which we live.
In the book of John, it's recorded that Pilate asked this most important question, "What is truth?" (John 18:38). Sadly, Pilate failed to understand that Truth is a Person and that Truth was standing right in front of him.
The only absolute Truth is the Triune God and His Word. All truth that comes from man is simply an interpretation of truth or an opinion of what one thinks to be true. Man's truth is fallible and, while in some cases it might be proven accurate, in many cases it is simply one's version of what is true. Of course if someone is quoting Scripture, they are speaking absolute truth because it comes from the One who is Truth.
Ephesians 4:15 includes the phrase "...speaking the truth in love.." This is one of the most misused verses in the Bible. All too often it is quoted to proclaim that what someone is saying is true, but in context Paul is speaking about sharing absolute truth – God's Word. This becomes clear when reading the larger passage.
"And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head; Christ." (Ephesians 4:11-15)
When we share God's Word, we are speaking absolute truth. The closer we stick to Christ's words and biblical principles and practices, the more we speak the truth.