Wednesday, April 10, 2019
“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up in many things, which is the head even Christ”. (Ephesians 4:15)
A friend once said, “I don’t like talking to my Pastor because his words hurt me. He doesn’t know how to be comforting but he is too sincere”. The friend said I rather keep things to myself. The friend’s intentions can be good but he is destroying himself. This is the dark, enclosed gloomy world that many Christians are living in today. They want to be loved and not be told the truth. That is what is called “comforting lies”, whereas others tell the truth and not been backed up by love so that strife should arise.
Romans 14:13 “Let us not, therefore, judge one another anymore: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block for another Christian to fall or be blamed?”
Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne. Unfailing love and truth walk before you as attendants. Our opening verse says we speak the truth in love and by so doing, it helps us grow more and more like Christ. Both of these are important; speak the truth and do it in a loving way. Remember love edifies, removes fear while truth sets free.
Love builds up; love seeks to do what is best for the other person, while truth challenges the person for a better life in Christ Jesus. Love and truth are inseparable. It is a mark of maturing when we are able to share the truth with our fellow Christians and do it in love. Proverbs 27:6 “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”
Precious Father, thank you for showing us through your word that truth and love are both inherent in your nature and should be inherent in ours. I declare this day that I shall lovingly express the truth for edification and to your glory. I shall not be ashamed nor be angry when I’m told the truth in a loving way, in Jesus name, Amen!
2 Cor. 4:2, Zech. 8:16, 1 Jn 3:18
Don’t hold together what must fall apart.