Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 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. 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.
“Speaking the truth in love” is a life-changing phrase in scripture. I know because it changed me.
I remember a time when I felt deep dissatisfaction whenever I felt nudged to speak the truth. I was concerned about appearing harsh or offending, so I would sometimes speak in half-truths or simply remain silent.
Here’s what I have learned.
People are hungry for truth spoken in love. It can build trust and unity.
Before saying anything, I should always check the attitude of my heart for love, humility, and good intentions. With angry, selfish or twisted intentions, even the truth can cause harm.
Speaking the truth in love holds me accountable to know and be guided by God’s truth, taught by Jesus and scripture, and revealed by the Holy Spirit. God’s truth is love.
Are there any ways this phrase of scripture could change your life?
When you are finished with your time of reflection, close out this time with this prayer.
Oh God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servants. For Your sake, O Lord, look with favor on this dry and thirsty land. Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy. O Lord, listen! Oh Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your name. (Daniel 9:17-19)
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