God’s Love and Truth
Will people live the truth who love it not?
Mere truth, as truth, propels with little force.
What love for truth can live when truth is aught
But truth directed by love’s gentle course?
Can love stay love that stays not true to truth?
True love is honest, though the truth be cruel.
What truth stays true that stays from love aloof?
Hard truth by love untempered plays the fool.
As gentle heat that warms but does not burn,
As kindly light that shines but does not blind,
So gentle love to truth a heart can turn,
So kindly truth to love inspire the mind.
If love by truth can die, and truth by love,
Both live when Spirit-filled by God above.
June 26, 2017 © Aaron Jordan