Loving as God loves is inextricably linked to living in His truth. When we learn to walk with God, we begin to live in HIS truth; then–our heart is freed to experience HIS love. What is the connection between truth and love? It is God. His way is truth. We cannot love as God does unless we live in the truth of His ways because pure love exists only in Him. He instructs us to love “in truth.” First John reads: “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God.” (1 Jn. 3:18-21) We who have chosen His redemption, now have the ability to recognize the foolishness and recklessness of choosing to live in the darkness of lies. When we choose to step off the path of living in truth, a cloud of darkness separates us from His light. The Spirit of Christ which lives in us is grieved by our departure from truth. We lose so much! We lose the ability to discern as God does, be empowered by Him and love as He does!! One of the greatest delusions I lived in as a Christian is the belief that ALL of God’s rules don’t apply to me. For instance, I believed “white lies” and “small sins” were ok. I made up my own paltry version of truth because I had never experienced the miracles of living in God’s will. Worse of all, this delusion prevented me from fully experiencing the giving or receiving of His love! Departing from the truths of God prevent us from being close to Him and thus experiencing the full depth of His love. We must desire to know HIS truth more than we desire the “safety” of our own deluded “truth.” When we don’t really KNOW God, then, at first, the change is scary and sometimes painful. However, as His truth takes root in our heart and we begin LIVING in truth–His love pours through us like nothing we have ever experienced! Living in the truth of God’s will is just the beginning of our experience of His magnificent love!