The Marriage of Truth and Love
by Rev. G. A. Kratzer
In the divine Mind, truth and love are constantly and indissolubly wedded. All human undertakings which are to count for anything must exemplify this union, for it is “according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.” “Be ye perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
It is one of the “wiles of the devil” to try to divorce truth and love in the consciousness of men, and to make them believe that truth can be advanced through war and strife, carried on with motives of anger, hatred, revenge, self-interest, or self-justification. Ever and anon, problems of importance must be discussed and settled in our families, in our churches, in our business relations, and in the larger negotiations of politics, law, government, religion, and diplomacy. In these discussions, let us defeat the “one evil” through understanding and bearing in mind that, by no amount of argument, however valid, and by no amount of force of any kind, can we successfully promulgate truth and permanently bring to pass the correct issue, unless, during our efforts, we purposely and habitually exercise the spirit of good will. In dealing with others, reasoning and good-will are as the wings of a bird. If a bird tries to fly with only one wing, he whirls round and round, to his own confusion, getting nowhere; but using both wings, he makes much progress.
Only as the male principle, truth, and the female principle, love, are wedded in our consciousness, can we obey the spiritual command: “Be fruitful (of righteous thoughts and deeds), and multiply (them), and replenish the earth (with them), and subdue it.” Truth will go no farther and no faster than love goes as a companion. “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”