If I am content to heal a hurt slightly, saying “Peace, peace,” where is no peace; if I forget the poignant word “Let love be without dissimulation” and blunt the edge of truth, speaking not right things but smooth things, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
The Apostle Paul
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
There is no “tension” between truth and love. If our words and actions are not pervaded with the love of God, they are not true — we give a distorted picture of God. If our words and actions are not faithful to God’s truth, they are not loving — we are deceiving people as to who God is and what He has done.
Real truth is always loving.
Real love is always truthful.