Today we will look at what Paul says about speaking the truth in love.
15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
“Paul contrasts the deception of heresy with the integrity of the gospel. The church cannot allow falsehood to go uncorrected, yet the truth must always be vindicated in accents of love.” The first part of this Scripture, “speaking the truth in love”, is often quoted because it deals with how we speak to others. There are two parts to this. The first part is speaking the truth and the second part is in love. Speaking in love refers to how you say something. Even if your message is truthful and honest, the way you deliver it will make a huge difference in how it is received.
Paul closes up this section by reminding us that it is Christ that all of this comes from . We are able to speak the truth in Love because of His presence dwelling within us. Christ is the one who grows and builds the church through us. It all begins with Christ.
When was the last time you had to have a difficult conversation? Were you able to speak the truth in love? If after reflection, you don’t feel you spoke the truth in love, talk to the person and seek their forgiveness. It is important for us to be able to speak the truth in love so it can be well received.
- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com