“Lovingkindness and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” (Ps 85:10)
Truth and righteousness demand fairness and justice. Without them, we would live in a world where lies were acceptable, fraud and bribery are encouraged, and the powerful are expected to crush and oppress the weak. Without truth and righteousness, there would be no demand for accountability and no expectation of fair play.
Yet, we also hope for forgiveness and kindness, too. Kindness is the act of doing something that is beyond what is fair play. It is stopping to help the downtrodden even when you didn’t put them in the dirt. Forgiveness seeks peace and reconciliation even when it means suffering a loss to do so. Kindness and peace are the hallmarks of a good society, not merely a just one.
The Bible provides the only logical roadmap ever provided to balance truth and righteousness right alongside lovingkindness and peace so that they are perfectly balanced and united. Only the Bible shows a righteous God that hates wickedness, but is also willing to die to offer peace and reconciliation.
No other religious document addresses this issue. And yes, I know that is a bold statement. Test it. Compare the teachings of other religions – other holy books simply don’t hold up to the Bible’s explanation of this issue.
We don’t want to live in a world without truth and righteousness, and we also don’t want to live in a world without kindness and peace. Only God can provide that.
Matt. 4:4 #Biblebites