EXPRESS THE TRUTH IN LOVE
We always need to speak the truth in love. Far too often when we speak, our words are filled with anger. The Bible has much to say about our tongue. We need to control our tongues and ensure that only kind, meek and gentle words flow from our mouths. I have said before that we ought to watch our tone. How we speak can either help or hinder. That applies when we correct our children as well. The words that flow from our hearts and mouths should always be in love. I continue to share with our readers my grandmother’s wisdom, who when upset, would say to me, “Get out of my way before I say something that will hurt you.” She was wise in all she spoke. Take note of Ephesians 4:15.
“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church.”
In this text, the humble servant Paul speaks about Christian maturity. He was aware that words are important, so he advised us to live by the truth not only in speech, but also more importantly in our lives. The way of truth and love, which leads to spiritual maturity, brings the people of God more deeply into unity and a common bond with Christ. Paul provides insight about how one grows. Those who are immature are like children tossed by every wind of doctrine that comes along. Paul gives a clear view of what weaknesses impair Christian maturity. Paul does not leave them there. He continues about growing in Christ by always speaking words in truth and love.