The Love of Truth

He that would seriously set upon the search of the truth, ought in the first place to prepare his mind with a love for it. For he that loves it not, will not take much pains to get it, nor be much concerned when he misses it. John Locke

One of the most important things that we must settle in our minds is whether or not we really have an interest in the truth. So often, we will sit down to read the Bible in order to prove what we already believe. We believe one thing about salvation, another about worship, and another still about the commands for our everyday lives. Having these pre-conceived notions, we then sift through the scriptures like a child on the beach picks up shells on the seashore: We only gather those truths which we find attractive. By doing so, we often miss out on the very thing we began our search for in the first place - the truth!

This is why it is critical that we have a love for God, and therefore a love for His truths. If our motives are really to find out what God's commands are because we love Him, then our quest for the truth becomes so much easier. It becomes easier because we are not trying to defend our own ideas, but are instead trying to find out how God wants to be served. Our motivation becomes very simple: We want to discover the truth because we love God. If we truly do love God and Christ, why would we want to do anything else?

Here is how God's word describes this love for the truth:

I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on you laws. I delight in your commands because I love them. Psalms 119:30 & 47, NIV

If you love me, you will obey what I command... If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching... He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. John 14:15, 23 & 24, NIV

We have come to know Him if we obey His commands. The man who says, "I know Him", but does not do what He commands is a liar and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys His word, God's love is truly made complete in him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did. I John 2:3-6, NIV