SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:15-19

“Rather, speaking the truth in love we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)

Paul has been writing about Christian maturity, which is the goal of sanctification — “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (v. 13). Needless to say, this is a tall order.

Being mature in our faith brings stability — “so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (v. 14). We need to be rooted and grounded in our faith so that we will not be deceived by false teaching.

Part of spiritual maturity is learning how to speak the truth in love. There are times that we will need to correct one another. It is unloving not to confront a brother or sister who is making a bad choice or is engaged in sinful behavior. However, we must do this in the right way. We must not beat someone over the head with truth. We are to speak the truth in love. Remember the truth leads to spiritual maturity. We must also remember the primacy of love — “So now faith, hope, and love abide,these three; but the greatest of these is love” (I Corinthians 13:13).

We must be Christlike when we confront others. Jesus lovingly corrected His disciples. He spoke the truth to them in love. This is why Paul wrote, “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ.” As we grow up in Christ, we will learn how to speak the truth in love.

Lord Jesus, give me the ability and the desire to speak the truth in love. I have a tendency to speak harshly to people. Grant me grace to be more like You. When it is necessary to confront someone with truth, let me do it in love.

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