The other day I heard Ellie Goulding’s “On My Mind” song over a fitness center’s loudspeakers. It sounded like she said, “when you mess with love, you mess with the truth,” but when I looked up the lyrics later I found out they were slightly different. Turns out she actually said, “you don’t mess with love, you mess with the truth.”
Whether I heard her right or wrong, though, it fascinates me how much love and truth are intertwined. When you mess with one, you mess with the other. It’s why the world’s so messed up. Even at the beginning of mankind, a serpent twisted truth in order to twist love, and ever since then the vicious cycle has continued . . . that is, until Jesus came.
He was the Truth, and therefore he brought Love back into the story. Fear is often irrational and void of truth, which is why perfect love, which is full of truth, casts out fear.
If we don’t trust, it’s because we don’t know what love looks like. And if we don’t love, it’s because we don’t know what trust looks like.
If we mess with love, we mess with the truth.
If we pursue love, we come face to face with the truth.