Speaking the truth in love


Although the Verse of the Day for April 30, 2016 comes from Ephesians 4:15, we also need to look at verse 14. These two verses contrast God’s desire that believers no longer behave as children but that they “grow up” or mature:

Ephesians 4:14-15 (KJV):

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Throughout the Scriptures we find references to those who speak the truth. One of the attributes of those who desire to dwell in the presence of God is described in Psalm 15:1-2 (New Living Translation):

1Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD?
Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?

2 Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right,
speaking the truth from sincere hearts.

Psalm 37:30 (Amplified Bible) expresses the same sentiment concerning the righteous:

The mouth of the righteous proclaims wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice and truth.

Zechariah 8:16 (AMP) also outlines how those who are godly should conduct their lives:

These are the things which you should do: speak the truth with one another; judge with truth and pronounce the judgment that brings peace in [the courts at] your gates.

Jesus Christ, the embodiment of truth itself, offered these words:

John 7:18 (NLT):

Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies.

The Verse of the Day reminds us that believers are to grow up, to mature, and not behave like children. Not only are we to speak the truth, but we are to speak the truth in love. In Ephesians 4:22-25 we find a similar exhortation to change, to renew our minds:

22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another

To sum up our discussion, the contemporary Christian vocal group “A cappella” asks, “Are we teaching the truth in love?”

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