Written by cycleguy on May 13th, 2022

We tend to think sometimes that the early church knew no friction. Nothing is farther from the truth. Like all earthly entities, the church was and is no different. Church is made up of people and as such will find itself embroiled in tension from time to time. I’m not talking about big “C” church. I’m talking little “c,” like the local body of believers.

There is an old saying we hear and may even use often: they are like oil and water. We hear it used about siblings. We hear it used about parents and children. We hear it used about coworkers and even teammates. We even hear it used about individuals in a church. Sparks fly and at times it may even feel like WW3 is happening.

Blaise Pascal once said:

Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.

He said that of his day. (the 1600s). I think we can say that about ours as well. Seems like there is nothing new under the sun.

2 John is the 2nd book in my short series called Snapshots.  The title is Picture of Tension Revealed. It is about the molding of truth and love. Truth is necessary; truth and love is vital.  We would do well to listen, learn and practice both. Join me please at 9:00 or 10:45 in person or via live stream. We will also be honoring our high school and college graduates this Sunday. All told I think we have 15.  Thanks for being a part of our worship.


8 Comments so far ↓

  1. Glynn Young says:

    The Book of Acts and Paul’s letters are filled with the tensions of the early church. And there’s very little new under the sun since then.

  2. We Christian so need your message Bill on love and truth. The love of truth from God’s Word would stop so many problems even before they get started. Looking forward to hearing and reading more about this.

    • cycleguy says:

      Very true Betty. And also we may have and know the truth (which we do) but failing to share it with love goes against the teachings of Jesus.

  3. I love what Betty said, Bill, and I’m in total agreement.

  4. Linda Stoll says:

    truth + love = Jesus