Is it true?Is it necessary?Is it kind?

 

 

Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi
Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?

Interesting words from Rumi but it may be the case that ‘the truth’ needs to be spoken—because of love rather than in spite of it. Indeed, it may well be the case that ‘kindness’ (having a ‘friendly’,‘generous’ or ‘helpful’ attitude) may be that which prevents us from our speaking the ‘necessary truth’.  Agape love (a love that’s deeper than affection) will desire the best for the object/subject [J] of that love. Speaking the truth in [agape] love (Ephesians 4:15) may well benefit the object of that love.The truth is though that ‘our’ love barely extends past the phileo stage. I speak for myself, of course.

About djwimago

First and foremost, I became a committed follower of Jesus Christ in 1976, previously having had ‘strong leftish/ atheistic tendencies’. I have been in Christian leadership in various positions: An elder (eleven years) at Bournemouth Community Church with oversight for mission and apologetics; a deacon at Lansdowne Church Bournemouth (nine years) --working with international students and co-leading the Young People's Work [then YPF] with my wife Jackie. I was a founder director of the International Training Network, Bournemouth, training centre for the teachers of English as a foreign language and the principal/director [1996-2010] of the Christian English Language Centre in Bournemouth and Christchurch, England. Since December 2014 my wife and I have been attending St Mary's Church Ferndown, where we are seeking to use our gifts for the Mission of Christ. Publications: I am the joint author (along with Rosemary Griffiths) of a book entitled ‘Walls that Divide’, which is due to be revised/re-edited. I have recently (January 2016) published an edited version of my MRes thesis--published under the title: 'Beyond Eden:God, Evolution and The problem of Evil. PS. It is a 'work in progress'... My ‘academic’ background includes forays into the world of: Sociology, Theology, Philosophy,English-Language pedagogy,linguistics and Philosophical Theology in The Open University, The University of Sheffield, Canterbury Christchurch University/Trinity College, Newburg USA, and The University of Exeter. On a more personal note: I’ve been married since September 1963 [one of God’s miracles] and have four [grown] children and nine grandchildren — the latest born in 2015. Four of the grandkids live 'with their parents' in Australia. There are also two great-grandchildren.

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