“Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love” (2 John 1:3-4).
The frequent use of the words “truth” and “love” together in the second epistle of the Apostle John attracts the reader’s attention right from the first glance. These two realities must also appear together in our lives, because love without truth is too gentle, and truth without love is merciless.
The union of truth and love can be compared to the union of the two most essential elements of life: sodium and chlorine. Sodium has a high chemical activity and occurs in nature only in combined form. In other words, it is so strong that it always mixes with another element. Chlorine itself is a poisonous gas, which is also found in nature in the form of natural compounds.
All students know that the product of an ionic compound of sodium and chlorine is sodium chloride or table salt. Salt spices up food, and it also has antiseptic and disinfecting properties. It is particularly important for human functioning, as it affects many processes in the body. Of similar and even greater importance is the union of truth and love in the spiritual life of the believer.
May the Most Holy Trinity abound in His grace, mercy, and peace in your life in truth and love.