But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
“Speak the truth.” Oh, my, how many times have I said what’s on my mind and justified it by claiming this Scripture? Have you done that, too? Was your doctrine on target? After all, before we speak the truth we have to know the truth.
“And the truth shall set you free.” This is another favorite verse of mine when I want give my opinion freely. Doesn’t everyone long to be free? Free from guilt. Free from the condemnation of sin. It would almost seem that we’re doing our brothers and sisters a great service by pointing out the error of their ways. But are we? We are if we hold ourselves accountable in two ways: we must be sure that we accurately, honestly present God’s Word (the source of all truth), and we must be sure that our motive is born of love. Our attitude has to reflect a heart of concern and a desire to see this brother or sister who has fallen in some way restored to the unity of the fellowship of believers. Truth without love is cruel and capricious.
As professing Christians, we hold a powerful truth. It has the power to convict, enlighten, encourage, and restore the members of the body. But our brothers and sisters in Christ won’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.
Father, thank You for being merciful to us. Help us to be merciful to those among us who are suffering under the weight of sin in their lives. Father, show us how to speak Your truth to them in a way that promotes healing and forgiveness. Unite our fellowship with Your gentle bonds of love.