In Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, he talks about the need for believers to Speak the Truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). That means we should speak the truth but we should speak it in love. We have what it takes to do that because the Word of God is truth and God is love and we are born of His Spirit.
Nevertheless, speaking the truth in love is not incidental to being a Christian. Some of us have to work really hard at doing this.
It is true that whenever we speak the truth or however we speak the truth it is still the truth. But merely speaking the truth is not the goal. Doing so in love is the goal. Perhaps you have heard the Christian who boasts that he just tells it like it is. “If the truth kills a man let him die,” he says. “I can’t help it; that’s just how God made me.”
Really? That may be the way we were before we met Christ. But He has changed us and empowered us to speak the truth in love. It is now incumbent upon us to not allow our flesh to dictate our actions.
The need for us to speak the truth in love is a big deal. Oftentimes, it’s not what we say but how we say what we say that is the problem. It is true, for example, that if a person does not repent and accept Christ that he will go to hell. But it would be far from speaking the truth in love if we say to that person, “If you don’t stop what you’re doing, you are going to bust hell wide open!”
Everyone tends to be more open to receiving the truth when that true is spoken in love.
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